The railway infrastructure in the Republic of Macedonia was established in 1873 with the first railway track from Skopje to Thessaloniki in Greece. Today the railway network in Macedonia is about 900 km. The railway network in Macedonia is connected to the north and to the south with the railway networks of Serbia and Greece. The total length of the railway infrastructure of the Corridor VIII (east-west) is around 306 km on the territory of Republic of Macedonia and 154 km (or 50%) of the railway line have been constructed and operational. The remaining 89 km or 29% of the total length remain to be built and to be connected with Bulgaria. 63 km or 21% of the total length of the link with Albania remain to be built.
Railway traffic is managed by the public enterprise “Makedonski Zheleznici [Macedonian Railways]”, and at the moment, the company is the sole provider of railway services in the country. The modernization of the building of railway infrastructure is based on the national program and the three-year business plan of the Public Enterprise MZh Infrastruktura Skopje.
The company has a significant park of its own wagons available, which enable:
- Conventional transport of goods in opened and closed wagons;
- Transport of bulk goods (wheat, triturated ore, etc.)
- Transport of liquid fuels in specialized wagons;
- Transport of goods in containers on special plateau wagons;
- Transport of goods in regular scheduled trains;
- Transport of special shipments;
- Transport of live animals;
- Transport of dangerous materials.
M.Zh.Transport has a container terminal in Skopje Tovarna, which has the appropriate technical equipment, which enables the loading and unloading of loaded and empty containers.
Container transport can be done to every station of M.Zh.Transport, open for freight traffic if the loading and unloading operations of the container are done on the wagon itself.
M.Zh.Transport offers logistical services in the area of conventional transport of wagons and containers along the railways in Macedonia and abroad.
Through the Corridor 10 (Tabanovci – Gevgelija, on the Macedonian territory), in the south there is a connection with the Thessaloniki port, and in the north there is a connection with the Balkan countries and Europe.