Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic was established in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 913/2010. Its geographical outline includes also changes in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013 and 1316/2013 and the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/1111.
Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic runs through six of EU Member States: starting in North Sea ports of Wilhelmshaven, Bremerhaven, Hamburg and Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerpen spreading in central Germany through Aachen – Hannover/Berlin – Warsaw – Terespol (Poland-Belarus border) / Kaunas / Falkenberg – Prague / Wroclaw – Katowice. It is intended also to gradually extend Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic by 2020 to Estonia, Latvia and towards Poland – Ukraine border.
Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic includes more than 6000 km of railway lines and connects the most important North Sea ports with Central Europe and the Baltic States.
Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 provides for the implementation of corridors allowing freight trains to benefit from high quality routes, offering better services (in terms of punctuality and journey time) than at present. The principal guidelines specified by the Regulation focus on:
The corridor is operational since November 2015.