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Ahead of the upcoming harvest season, SJSC “Latvijas dzelzceļš” is already in talks with grain farming companies

Yesterday, April 11, members of SJSC “Latvijas dzelzceļš” Board met with the management of Latvian grain farmers’ cooperative VAKS to discuss further cooperation so that this year’s grain crops are also shipped to their destinations by rail as quickly as possible, without compromising grain quality.

VAKS cooperative society’s Board Chairman Indulis Jansons said that he had a high opinion of cooperation with LDz subsidiaries LDZ CARGO Ltd. and LDZ Loģistika Ltd. in grain transportation: “VAKS has been a customer of LDz Group for a long time, and members of the cooperative are planning to use railways for transportation of their freights more actively in the future because this is a sustainable, reliable and environmentally friendly way of transporting goods.”

During the meeting, LDz Chairman of the Board Rinalds Pļavnieks said: “In terms of volume, grain products make up the largest part of our domestic cargo transportation volumes, and each year we transport significant and even record-breaking amounts of crops. However, these freights are highly seasonal, so a large number of wagons must be available for transportation in a short period of time. LDz subsidiaries have a high capacity and their ability to provide these transport services in very tense circumstances meets grain farmers’ needs. At the same time, it is essential that all the involved parties cooperate, therefore we appreciate that grain farmers who want to ship freights by rail plan their requirements in good time, discuss them with us, so that the number of wagons our customers need is available for this purpose in the busiest time of the season.”

Companies of LDz Group provide logistics services tailored for customers’ needs, they have established long-time cooperation with representatives of the industry, who will in the near future receive an inquiry from LDz asking them to indicate the provisional number of wagons needed for transportation of their products this season, so that LDz could provide uninterrupted transportation services.

The number of wagons used for grain transportation varies from year to year, depending on both the harvest in the given year and the projected grain transportation volumes. Wagon shortages can, for example, be caused by situations where grain wagons are actually used as grain “storage facilities”, when produce is stored in wagons for a disproportionately long time. Therefore LDz advises its customers to carefully plan further grain logistics so that LDz could ensure continuous transportation and guarantee the delivery of grain to a destination without a hitch.