Finland-Russia to Establish NR Rail

Ahead of the expected imminent ratification of a bilateral agreement liberalizing the market for cross-border rail freight between Finland and Russia, Finland’s Nurminen Logistics Group and Russia’s Rustranscom have announced the formation of NR Rail,  officials report.

A jointly owned company, NR Rail, a subsidiary of the Nurminen Logistics Group, will offer new alternatives for import and export traffic between Finland and Russia.

The agreement between Finland and Russia would allow rail transport undertakings in the European Economic Area to operate cross-border services on the Finnish network. However it would not open the Russian domestic market to EU operators, or open the Finnish market to Russian operators.

NR Rail is due to invest in modern locomotives and enhanced cost-effectiveness. The amount and the schedule of investment in locomotives will depend on the development of customer volumes. The company’s new service concept will be the first of its kind in Finland.

In future, Nurminen Logistics will be able to offer its own locomotives as part of a comprehensive service offering comprising wagons, terminals, railway yards and forwarding services at border crossings in Imatra, Niirala and Vainikkala. Nurminen Logistics’ Russian partner offers not only access to considerable resources but also new opportunities on markets in the east, including China and CIS nations.

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