After several years of testing and evaluating, several Russian companies have implemented a joint project of a combined train service that includes flat wagons loaded with both containers and semi-trailers. It provides a freight delivery from Moscow to Kaliningrad via Belarus and Lithuania or backwards just in approximately two days. This is two times faster than a conventional lorry travelling by road.
The first piggyback connection from Moscow to Kaliningrad was tested by Russian Railways (RZD) in February 2018. During the trial shipment, the delivery was provided in three days. Afterwards, RZD has succeeded to improve the rail freight service, reduce its travel time up to two days and adjust the joint tariff. The mentioned delivery is considered to be the first regular piggyback connection on the way to the semi-exclave region.