RZD Logistics, Far East Land Bridge and TransContainer have increase the number of transit freight trains through the Naushki border crossing between Mongolia and Russia from one to two per week. The 57-wagon container trains carry fast moving consumer goods from China to Europe.

Citing a projected 37% increase in regional freight movement over the next 20 years, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has issued a request for proposals for an environmental study, planning and engineering work on a proposed Cross-Harbour rail freight tunnel linking Greenville yard in Jersey City with existing rail infrastructure in Brooklyn. Up to $70m is being made available to develop the proposal, which could remove an estimated 500 000 lorries from city roads each year.

A pilot service from Smarhon in Belarus to Chengdu in China was launched on May 6, with 41 wagons carrying containers of MDF board and laminates for Kronospan.

Strobel Energy Logistics has established regional transloading centres in St Louis, Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Amarillo to support the fuel oil and LPG sectors

Mid Canada Transload Services Ltd is building an inland port and rail siding and close to the US border south of Letellier in Manitoba. This will have access to CN and BNSF, with a daily rail service to the USA and Mexico. Agricultural traffic is expected to include ‘identity preserved’ grain shipments.

The nine European Rail Freight Corridors have begun a co-ordinated consultation running to August 1 on the international train paths which operators wish to use from the 2019 timetable change.