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Outlook on summary paper: Recommendations on the promotion of accessibility

Amber Coast Logistics is drawing to an end, the project partners are summing up the activities they have been working on during the last two years and the final conference on February 27, 2014 is being prepared.

Fundamental findings of the mentioned work have been merged in form of a summary paper, containing the findings of several studies on the southeastern Baltic Sea region. The paper shall be used as an instrument for stakeholders from politics and logistics, helping to name major challenges in the region. It will be published at the beginning of February 2014.

Abstracts of the summary paper

To give a first impression of the major outcomes of ACL, the partners are releasing some abstracts of the paper in advance:

Analysis within the project have shown that the Amber Coast region distinguishes itself with its dense rail, road and ferry network and its good accessibility between ports and logistics centres. Strong tradition of rail and road freight, common in almost all ACL countries, surmises a unique basement of experiences and know-how within this field. Nevertheless, due to natural conditions such as snow and ice during winter many hinterland areas are still not adequately connected to the transportation network. Despite challenges concerning the inland infrastructure in most of the countries and on shorter maritime transport routes, inland transportation is still more attractive as shipment.

Not synchronised management systems, long customs procedures, significant delays at the borders as well as an inefficient customs regime in some of the countries are just the beginning of the list of problems concerning the time efficiency of transports. Possibilities lie in new ICTs for intermodal cargo transport. If the ACL countries will improve the above-named weak points, border crossing time, custom procedures, and the use of incompatible ICT systems can be reduced.

Recommendations on the improvement of accessibility

The core findings have been furthermore adapted into specific recommendations on the improvement of the accessibility and attractiveness of the Amber Coast region. The recommendations have been defined for each country, for example for:


More than 80 % of the Polish cargo traffic is transported by road. This is the second highest share in the ACL region.

Since transport by rail is a more environmental friendly and is offering advantages in transport costs compared to transportation of goods by road, it is advised to invest in a modernisation and subsequently in an expansion of the railway network and to shift cargo flows from road to rail in medium term in order to avoid congestion of the road network, currently in expansion, throughout increasing traffic volumes.


With a share of 60 %, road is cargo transport mode number one in Lithuania. Under this aspect and a prospectively growth of cargo volumes over the next years it is highly recommended to promote railway transport in Lithuania stating environmental and economic advantages compared to road transports. Thus, it can be necessary to do further investments for modernising the railway network towards a more efficient and faster mode of transport than transport by road.

The complete summary paper will shortly be uploaded in the results section on the ACL website.

published 08.01.2014