The construction of METRANS’s container terminal in Zalaegerszeg, in south-western Hungary, will attract investments and create 120 jobs, Péter Szijjártó, the minister of foreign affairs and trade, said on Thursday at the groundbreaking ceremony.
The terminal is scheduled to start operating in 2023, Szijjártó said. The 16 billion forint (EUR 45.8m) investment backed by a 4 billion forint government grant, he said. A good logistics environment is essential for boosting investments, and the Zalaegerszeg base will be the only such facility in Hungary outside Budapest, Szijjártó said. It is also in line with the government’s strategy facilitating exports, he added.
He also noted Hungary’s purchase of a section of the Triest port on the Adriatic Sea
and related developments planned to further improve access to sea ports.
The METRANS group of companies covers activities such as freight transport, intermodal services, logistics and real estate, and operates more than 550 regular train services each week. The company’s Budapest-China rail freight service was launched in October 2019. Containers can now reach Chinese destinations from all parts of Hungary within 12-16 days.