April 14, 2011 one of China’s leading transport and logistics company Sinotrans, owned by the state, Alekon Cargo OÜ, Port of Tallinn, and Estonian Railways signed a cooperation agreement in Beijing. Under this agreement, the transit of Sinotrans in this region will go through the Port of Tallinn in cooperation with Estonian Railways. By the agreement, Alekon Cargo OÜ gained rights to provide Sinotrans with agency services for such transport. This agreement will create preconditions for Port of Tallinn to become the future regional hub for the goods of Sinotrans.
The company Sinotrans was established in March 2009 by merger of Chinese companies China National Foreign Trade Transportation Corporation and China Changjiang National Shipping Group. Sinotrans is engaged in the organisation of sea, ground, and air transport, while it also renders shipping agency services, warehousing and terminal services, etc. Sinotrans also owns liquid and bulk carriers as well as container ships and ro-ro vessels. The company has nearly 100 foreign subsidiaries, including in South Korea, Japan, Canada, the US, and Germany. In addition, Sinotrans has signed cooperation agreements with some 400 acknowledged logistics companies around the world.
Ain Kaljurand, Chair of the Board of Port of Tallinn, says that this cooperation is of key importance and has great perspective, considering the volume of goods transported by Sinotrans and its customers. “Sinotrans has remarkable capacity to deliver goods from Asia to Russia and other former Eastern Bloc countries, while it also has access to railway transport to deliver its goods from China onward via the Baltic,” stressed Kaljurand. According to him, that is why this cooperation agreement has special importance to Port of Tallinn as well as to Estonian Railways, because smooth cooperation will enable Port of Tallinn to become Sinotrans’ future hub on the Baltic.
Port of Tallinn, Estonian Railways, and Alekon are members of the Estonian Logistics Cluster.