Deutsche Bahn opens rail corridor for humanitarian aid to Ukraine

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Deutsche Bahn (DB), together with its Polish subsidiary, has set up a road and rail logistics network to transport humanitarian aid from Germany directly to Ukraine.

Deutsche Bahn opens rail corridor for humanitarian aid to Ukraine
Graphics by Deutsche Bahn

Logistics teams from DB Cargo, DB Schenker and DB Transa-Spedition are all working together; donations are collected in Germany by truck, packed in containers and taken to Ukraine by freight trains on DB Cargo’s European rail network.

“Our colleagues are telling us that the road infrastructure and border crossings between Poland and Ukraine are full, while, at the same time, there is a lack of truck drivers willing to drive to Ukraine. But freight trains can get through the border; a single train can transport up to 52 containers and thus take the urgently needed supplies to the terminals in the east and west of Ukraine that are still functioning,” says Sigrid Nikutta, Board Member for Freight Transport at Deutsche Bahn and Head of DB Cargo AG.

Since March 2nd, the first truckloads of dry food and hygiene items from wholesalers and food companies have been rolling by train towards Ukraine.

Further transports are currently being put together and then set off on their journey by container train.

The logistics network can also accept individual donations. In the next few days, collection points will be opened at various Schenker branches in Germany.

“Never a freight train was on its way with more solidarity and love – we will not leave the needy people in Ukraine alone,” Nikutta adds.

DB has set up a hotline for the rail corridor to Ukraine. Freight can be registered here, especially for companies and large donations, and collection can be coordinated.

Transport is free for donors.

The hotline operates on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Contacts

Phone: +49 (0) 30-720220640;

Email: bahnenbruecke-ukraine@deutschebahn.com

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