The first step was taken for BALO's European investment plans: A protocol was signed between Germany and the Cargo Transport company of the Austrian State Railways (OBB), Rail Cargo Austria (RCA), established under the leadership of TOBB, and Rail Cargo Austria (RCA).
BALO Chairman Harun Karacan and RCA General Manager Erik Regter witnessed the signatures of TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu and Austrian State Railways President Christian Kern. Speaking at the signing ceremony, TOBB President Hisarcıklıoğlu stated that they want Anatolian cities to increase their economic cooperation with Europe and said, “Railway transportation is a must for this.” At his signature ceremony at TOBB Twin Towers, Hisarcıklıoğlu said that entrepreneurs in Anatolia want to cooperate with Europe more.
Expressing that road transport does not allow this, Hisarcıklıoğlu stated that the exports of provinces such as İzmir, Bursa, Kocaeli, and Istanbul to the European countries, while the share of the Anatolian provinces to Europe is very low. Stating that Anatolian cities want to increase economic cooperation with Europe, Hisarcıklıoğlu said, “If we can do this, Anatolian tigers will be able to produce and sell medium and high technology products. For this, rail transport is a must. ”
For the first time in 2013, to remove that European reminiscent of the scheduled train line from Manisa Hisarcıklıoğlu from Turkey, he said they continue this operation. Noting that RCA is one of the biggest cargo transportation companies in Europe, Hisarcıklıoğlu said that they have agreed on future cooperation with the company. Turkey's exports in 2023 to 500 billion dollars, 620 billion dollars in import target of no reminding Hisarcıklıoğlu said, "We need to diversify the transportation for this. Now on weight, highway and seaway. Railway transport is below 1 percent. We have to increase this rate upwards.
I believe that this step that we will take will contribute to this. ” - "Turkey is a powerful country," the President of the Austrian State Railways Christian Kern, the cooperation they have begun to yield positive results, he said. RCA behalf stating that they capture an important opportunity Kern, "We believe that Turkey is a country that is very strong and promising. We want to provide the best benefits to be realized from the economic developments in Turkey over the next 10 years, "he said. Turkey not only the opportunities in Turkey itself underlines the need to exploit the European Kern, particularly drew attention to the importance of cooperation in the field of transportation.
Expressing that a lot needs to be done on railway transportation, Kern added that there is a very important potential in this field. BALO, established under the leadership of TOBB, with the participation of chambers, exchanges, organized industrial zone and International Transport and Logistics Service Providers Association (UTİKAD), provides rail-based intermodal transportation services to the international logistics industry. BALO, which currently organizes block train trips to 4 regions where trade is intense in Europe, aims to increase this figure to 3 days in 2015. Within the framework of the cooperation that is planned to be made, it is planned to obtain more appropriate transit time and economic freight through the transportation of industrial products to international markets in a more economical way, reviving alternative transportation channels and tightening the expeditions.