The Russian intermodal operator TransContainer ended its lease on the Dobrá intermodal terminal (Slovakia).
TransContainer closed its Slovakian subsidiary, ceasing contractual relations with the intermodal terminal five years before the end of its lease agreement.
The Dobrá terminal, located in Slovakia, 10 km from the border with Ukraine, was designed for rapid transhipment of containers, having a nominal capacity of 250,000 TEUs per yer.
TransContainer agreed on a 15-year lease on an 18 ha facility from ZSSK Cargo, with intent to create a connection between Russia and the rest of Europe (Southern and Central parts in particular), also linking Moscow to the Adriatic Sea ports.
TransContainer operated its first train to Dobrá in 2009, but business has never reached the values first proposed by company officials.
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine led to container traffic being rerouted via Belarus and the separate Russian province of Kaliningrad (located between Poland and Lithuania), which led to a decrease in the volume of containers handled at Dobrá.
Russian Railways sold its majority stake in TransContainer to the Delo Group – a logistics specialist, at the end of 2019.