Border businesses are now exporting products from the SCT Logistics rail-truck terminal at Barnawartha, as operations continue to expand three years on from establishment in 2016.
SCT's first three years in Wodonga Council's Logic industrial estate were marked with an event at Huon Hill Tavern and site tours on Thursday.
Chief executive Glenn Smith said the time had quickly passed since the land was secured in 2015, and the first service was run in October, 2016.
"It feels like it was just yesterday we were here opening the terminal," he said.
"It's been a really good journey for us.
"The main additions are we've added services from Melbourne to Brisbane, and also services into the Port of Melbourne.
"We're basically running a daily service to Brisbane out of here, and pretty close to a daily service also servicing the Perth market, allowing local manufacturers a daily rail service into most capital cities in Australia."
A six-kilometre dual track siding was created off the main Melbourne-Sydney rail line to run through the $18 million freight terminal, connected to five truck bays, with Adelaide and Perth being the first corridors up and running.
Three months after operation started, SCT began running four services to Bromelton in Queensland weekly with trains 1.5 kilometres long.
The main corridors now are Melbourne-Wodonga-Brisbane, Melbourne-Adelaide-Perth, and Perth-Adelaide-Parkes.
Imports and exports are now a big "value-add" for operations; at first an average of 1500 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) containers were transported annually, but since July this year, 2000 TEUs have come through the Wodonga terminal.
Common products sent from Wodonga to the Port of Melbourne and beyond, or vice-versa, include solar panels, meat and raw materials.
"We'd like to continue to grow our domestic market and we see a bright future [in imports and exports] to complement our transport business," Mr Smith said.
A panel discussion is being held at the Huon Hill Tavern with SCT founder and executive board chairman Peter Smith.
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"It's a very exciting time, we have the founder of the business and the family here today, sharing the celebrations with our staff and customers," Mr Smith said.
"We have staff who have been with us for all that time."
Australian Rail Track Corporation, major manufacturers and local industry representatives were invited.
Inland Rail will be a game-changer for many freight companies like SCT, which now has 30 staff at Wodonga.
Once stage one of the project is complete, SCT plans to run double-stacked trains to Perth.
According to ARTC figures, inland rail will deliver a cost reduction of 20 per cent for rail freight operations.