Minister Eligijus Masiulis invites China to use the advantages of Lithuanian transit freight transportation


2010 10 25

“East-West transport corridor provides a reliable inland link between Europe and Asia; it opens new opportunities for countries to develop their trade, thus stimulating their national economies. Contributing to the development of this transport corridor Lithuania is ready to become a logistics node of the Baltic Sea and provide high quality services of transport and logistics”, said Minister Masiulis.
During the presentation of Lithuanian-Chinese cooperation vision Minister Masiulis acquainted participants of the Forum with Lithuanian transport system and freight transit transport opportunities, as well as with the advantages of Klaipėda State Seaport.  
Lithuania proposes to revive the old-time trade routes of road and railway transport, such as the Silk Road and Trans-Siberian Railway. The latter one, including the capacities of the train “Viking” and container shipping lines of the Black and Baltic Seas can be used for the transportation of goods to Klaipėda Seaport or further to West European countries by European gauge railways. 
“According to the World Bank’s data, in the period from 2007 to 2010 the rating of Lithuanian logistics services rose by 10 positions – currently Lithuania keeps the 45th position out of 155 countries. During the forthcoming several years we plan to continue the improvement of logistics infrastructure and seek even more significant progress”, said Minister Masiulis.