Traffic of loaded Containers on the China-Europe-China Route Doubled in August, to 59 Thousand TEU

Growth is fueled by competitive pricing and improved service quality

Growth is fueled by competitive pricing and improved service quality |  Freight transportation

Rkady Shapovalov / Russian Railways Press Service

In August, container traffic in the China – Europe – China traffic increased by more than 1.9 times compared to the same period last year – up to 59.4 thousand TEU, including the dispatch of loaded containers increased to 57.7 thousand TEU, the press center of the Russian Railways JSC reported.

In January – August, container traffic in the China – Europe – China traffic amounted to 337.4 thousand TEU (1.6 times more than in the same period last year), including loaded – 326.5 thousand TEU (an increase in 1.8 times).

The growth of traffic volumes is facilitated by the establishment of competitive pricing conditions, improved quality of services and diversification of transit routes, according to the material of Russian Railways. 

Thus, in particular, container train corridors are developing through Mongolia, the Russian-Kazakh border crossing Ozinki – Semiglaviy Mar, as well as through the terminals of the Kaliningrad region.

From January to August, transit traffic of containers from China to Europe and in the opposite direction on the Kaliningrad railway increased almost 3 times compared to the same period last year – up to 12.6 thousand TEU. Cargoes in transit container trains are delivered both through land railway border crossings and by a multimodal method. 

The volume of traffic through the ports of Baltiysk and Kaliningrad increased 10 times – up to 7.93 thousand TEU.

Russian Railways Holding is also optimizing the dispatch of container trains in order to reduce customer costs for long-haul delivery via the Trans-Siberian Railway. At the border station Zabaikalsk, two trains arriving from the PRC are formed a combined train that then goes to Europe via the network of Russian Railways and the Belarusian Railways. 

Thanks to this consolidation, the need for additional locomotive traction and a separate timetable is reduced, which significantly reduces the cost of organizing transportation.

In addition, shippers can now take advantage of a preferential tariff for transit container transportation along the BAM and Transsib. 

In accordance with the decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of August 21, subsidizing of container transportation in the directions through the port stations of the Pacific basin in transit through the network of “Russian railways” and further through the port stations of the Baltic and Azov-Black Sea basins, border crossings with Finland, the Republic of Belarus, Poland , Azerbaijan and in the opposite direction.

In general, the transportation of containers through the Russian Railways network in January-August increasedby 15.6%, exceeding 3.7 million TEU.

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