TNT launches road service to Georgia, reduces road transit times to Moscow

TNT has announced an economy service to and from Georgia, in the Caucasus, as an alternative to air express services. The line haul is expected to connect Georgia’s capital Tbilisi with TNT’s European Road Network (ERN) via Istanbul, Turkey. From Istanbul, TNT plans to connect the Caucasus freight on its ERN lines to more than 40 European countries. Besides parcels and palletized freight TNT has stated an intention to offer the ability to ship larger (up to 30 m3) and heavier items (up to 1,000 kg per piece on a pallet).

In addition, TNT plans to reduce European road transit times to and from Moscow. TNT expects that this would result in reduction of up to 48 hours as a consequence of changing the route for its trucks, although this remains dependant on origin. Until now, TNT exclusively connected Russia via Turku (Finland), its northernmost hub within the European Road Network. From now on, TNT will also connect Russia via its Warsaw hub, thereby increasing the speed and capacity of its road service to the Russian capital. Road deliveries from Scandinavia will continue to transit through Turku.