BALO that was established with 94 shareholders in 2011 by the participation of the Chambers of Commerce, Commodity Exchanges and Organized Industrial Zones from a lot of regions of Turkey in the leadership and attendance of The Union Of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) which is Turkey’s roof non-governmental organization, serves the logistics sector with railway based intermodal transportation.
Corporate structuring preparations of BALO are carried out in 2012 of which UTIKAD (International Transportation and Logistics Service Providers Association) is a partner. BALO has started presenting the block train services and freight shipment to logistic service providers in 2013. BALO is a significant investment of Turkish industrial and commercial businessmen to the logistics sector.
BALO has transformed the railway transportation that is mostly based on projects or periodically performed contract logistics into a usual and constant service with international scheduled BALO block trains.
3 block trains are organized weekly between Anatolia and Europe and it is planned to reach daily block trains. Sopron terminal (Eastern Europe), Duisburg terminal (Northern Germany and Benelux), Ludwigshafen terminal (Central Germany) and Giengen terminal (Southern Germany) are currently used and lead time is 5 days for South Bound and 6 days for North Bound shipments between Duisburg-Tekirdag.
BALO contributes as a neutral operator with advantages of freight, volume, transit period and traceability to logistics sector; supports the expectation of maintainability especially as an environmentalist, economical, punctual and reliable system.
The followings are the innovational features of BALO Project: