The planned trial will involve transporting containers by sea from the port of Mumbai to Banda Abbas in Iran for onward transport to Latvia by rail. A 15-day transit time is being targeted.

LDZ believes the development of the International North - South Transport Corridor will offer South Asian manufacturers an alternative route to Western Europe using rail and then Baltic Sea shipping from Riga to Germany and Scandinavia.

Last November the first trial International East - West container train from Yiwu in China to Riga arrived in the Latvian Capital.