Container train on relation Bar-Belgrade-Budapest, might start operating by the end of this year. That is envisaged by Memorandum on Strategic Cooperation, signed on the 10th of October this year, in Bar, by Director General of “Serbian Railways”- Milanko Šarančić, M.Sc., Chairman of the Board of Directors of Montenegrian Railways – Miodrag Gomilanović, Chairman of the Board of Directors of port Bar – Predrag Ivanović, and Deputy of General Director of MAV Cargo – Imre Kovač.
– It is of vital interest for modern business operating of railway systems, ports and terminal operators in this part of Europe, in case they strive towards development, to be directed towards international market, with a view to connecting of logistic centers, transport corridors, and Mediterranean sea corridors, and with a full appliance of educational and technical technological processes. That is the reason why our expert, multi-disciplinary teams will prepare and present new positions regarding tariffs, prepare and apply prices parity for a unified logistic direction on the corridor port Bar – Montenegrian Railways – Serbian Railways – MAV Cargo, with a view to integrating into a unified transport system, The opportunities for including of terminals in Segedin and Budapest in the project will also be considered – stated Miroljub Jevtić, Deputy of General Director of Serbian Railways.
According to his words, this project is strategically based on continuous connecting with the existing and potential partners in the region, in which this very corridor has a very important position.
– The composition of the Project Team was determined at the meeting in Bar, which is supposed to define this project in entirety and prepare it for implementation, beginning from transport and tariff elements, all the way to marketing elements. Project Team will have three meetings in the following two months, on which they will define all the elements of this business, and the final meeting will be held on the 17th of December, in Budapest, after which the start of operation of the container train on relation Bar-Belgrade-Budapest should begin- explained Jevtić.
The participants of the meeting in Bar reminded of the fact that, after many attempts, the container traffic between Belgrade and Bar finally started, half a year ago, and that the northern ports are preoccupied compared to port Bar, so that this is a good opportunity to use the potential and strategic position of port Bar, in order to transfer the load which arrives to the largest southern-Adriatic port, to eastern-European market.
Owing to that, all the stakeholders in this business are expecting a significant increase of traffic volume, and, consequently, the increase of the revenues on this transport corridor, which will be connecting Montenegro, Serbia and Hungary.