Lithuania is ready to accept more U.S. military cargo

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2012 06 22

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Lithuania is ready to accept more U.S. military cargo
Lithuania is ready to accept more U.S. military cargo
Such objectives have been confirmed in June 22 by the Minister Eligijus Masiulis in meeting with U.S. Transportation Command TRANSCOM commander general Williams Fraser who was visiting Klaipeda.
 
U.S. military representative was introduced with stevedoring companies working in port of Klaipeda, visited container terminal of Klaipeda.
 
The first U.S. military cargo transported to Afghanistan reached Lithuania in December, 2010. Last year 2165 TEU containers have been transported through port of Klaipeda to Afghanistan.
 
Cargo movement intensified this year after the Minister E.Masiulis visit to TRANSCOM headquarters in the United States. From the beginning of 2012 till June - 3456 containers with U.S. militaries cargo have been transported through port of Klaipeda – three times more than during the same period last year.
 
“We believe that these achievements are not the limit. Possibilities of transport companies of Lithuania are a much bigger. We would like that more cargo would be transported through Lithuania not only to Afghanistan but also from Afghanistan. This niche is not properly exploited. We also have to look for opportunities to transport more U.S. cargo through airport of Palanga”, - Minister of Transport and Communications Mr.Eligijus Masiulis said.
 
Lithuania is determined to transport not only marine but also frozen U.S. military cargo and our companies are ready for that.
 
Cargo which is unloaded in port of Klaipeda is transported by trains through Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Americans prefer this way because it’s safer than previously used track through troubled Pakistan. To transport U.S. military cargo "Lithuanian Railways" uses about 400 railway platforms. It is planned to buy and rend more platforms this year.