Lithuania is in the junction of the main European trade routes, in the very midst of the trade transit – between Northern Europe, Poland, Belarus and Russia. The country is recognised by the European Commission as a priority transport link of the EU between Europe and Asia.
2 strategic international transport corridors and their branches run across the territory of Lithuania: the North-South Highway, connecting Scandinavia with Central Europe, and the East-West Highway and the railway connecting the Eastern markets with the rest of Europe. According to information of 2013, 120.7 million tonnes of freight was transported by the Lithuanian roads and 48 million tonnes by rail.
The modern Rail Baltica railway stretching across several countries will link Poland, the Baltic countries and Finland, and improve the Central and Eastern European connection with Germany. Lithuania is a convenient hub, linking Europe with Russia, China and other Asian countries, because there are two major types of railway track in its territory: the European standard narrow gauge and the broad gauge of the Russian standard.