BALO trains arrive in September
Within the scope of 'Great Anatolian Logistics Organizations' established under the leadership of TOBB, our export products will be transported to Europe at 20 percent lower cost compared to the TIR freight. The first train will depart from Manisa on September 6th.
Turkey Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB), the Greater Anatolia Logistics Organizations established to carry the burden of Anatolia under the leadership of Europe (BALO) goes into operation in September. On September 6, the first train will depart from Manisa to Europe with the participation of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Binali Yıldırım and TOBB President Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu.
Agreement with Austria
Bülent Koşmaz, Chairman of the Board of BALO and Chairman of the Manisa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, announced that the project, whose infrastructure investments have been ongoing for a long time, will be operational in September. Koşmaz announced that they will cooperate with Express Interfracht, one of the Austrian Railways company, the leading railway company in Europe.
BALO General Manager Hüseyin Isermiş stated that they will start their first train trips to Europe on September 6, “We have completed the whole organization. We signed an agreement with Austrian Railways, Europe's leading railway company. We agreed with very important logistics centers in Europe. We will transport to Kapıkule. From Kapıkule, the Austrian Railways company Express Interfracht will take our trains to Germany. With BALO, we will carry the cost of the exporter from Izmir to 20 percent lower than a truck freight ”.
Stating that they will start İzmir, Manisa, Bursa, Eskişehir, Ankara and Konya in the first stage, Işermiş said that they will start carrying the cargo of Denizli, Gaziantep, Kayseri and Tekirdağ in the second stage. Stating that they made an investment of 20 million euros in the first place, Isermiş said, “We are starting with a two-block train for now. 68 wagons will go, 68 wagons will come. The third block train will be activated in two months and the fourth block train will be activated in the next two months. When we come to 2014, we will carry Turkish export products to the interior of Germany with 5 block trains per week ”.
93 member and organization member
Stating that 93 chambers and organizations are partners in the BALO project, Isermiş said that this project will enable the business world to cooperate and the logistics sector to go further. He said: “There is an instruction from TOBB President Hisarcıklıoğlu regarding the BALO. In this direction, we will not do the work of our chamber members. We will not rival them. We will receive service from our members. We will receive services such as container storage, transfer center, logistics village from the members. The logistics community will also get a share from this project ”.
Stating that they met with at least 3 different institutions before reaching an agreement with the Austrian Railways, Isermiş explained that the negotiations lasted 8 months and at the end of this period they received the most suitable offer from the Austrians. Stating that the Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Binali Yıldırım has given great support to the project, he said, "We felt the support of our minister like a hand on our back."
How BALO will handle
Freight is collected by rail from various centers of Anatolia. Vehicles shipped from the collection center load the load into the container from the point to be picked up. It is shipped to the load collection center. The electronic controlled container is unloaded. Containers from different regions are sent to the load consolidation center in Bandırma. The loads downloaded here are stacked according to their destinations in Europe. Trains departing from the center pass the Marmara Sea between Bandırma and Tekirdağ. Wagons are connected to the main railway line with the connection line between Tekirdağ and Muratlı. Austria Railways undertake the transportation after Kapıkule.
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