Turkey: a gateway between Europe and Asia

25. 10. 2023

Turkey has always played a key role in international trade. From the ancient Silk Road to modern transport corridors, the country remains a central hub for goods and services to this day. A number of our employees represent RCG in this important market – come and visit us at logitrans in Istanbul!

While Turkey’s railway history began in the second half of the 19th century, rail freight transport has only just gained traction in recent decades. The first railway lines, often built with the support and involvement of European powers, aimed to connect the urban centres of the Ottoman Empire and facilitate trade. Even today, Turkey continues to serve as an important hub between Europe and Asia. Rail freight transport plays a pivotal role in this.

Geographical benefits

Turkey’s unique location connects the major markets of Europe and Asia. This benefit is further strengthened by the current expansion of the railway infrastructure. Major projects, like the Marmaray Tunnel in Istanbul, allow freight trains to travel directly from Europe to Asia and vice versa without the need for goods to be transshipped.

Modernisation and investments

Significant investments have been made in recent years to modernise and expand the rail network. New high-speed lines and more efficient freight routes have reduced transportation times and increased capacity. These developments contribute to making Turkey a more attractive logistics centre for international companies. Despite this progress, there are still challenges. The rail network needs to continue to be modernised and expanded to keep up with increasing demand. Technological innovation is also required to make transport more environmentally friendly and sustainable. 

RCG in Turkey

RCG is represented by 21 employees in Turkey. Starting from its home markets in Austria and Hungary, RCG connects ports, and economic and industrial centres in Europe with those in Asia. With 25 TransFER combinations to and from Istanbul, RCG links Halkalı, Turkey’s most important international freight terminal, to its TransNET. In particular, there is great potential for transport operations from China to Europe via Turkey.

RCG at logitrans in Istanbul

Do you want a detailed insight into RCG’s products and services in Turkey? From 15.11.2023 to 17.11.2023 our logistics experts will once again be represented with a stand at the logitrans in Istanbul. We look forward to welcoming you in person at the Dr. Mimar Kadir Topbaş Show and Art Center in Hall 3, stand number 202.

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