Transit volume between China and Europe via Russian railway network doubled in 2016
A delegation of Russian Railways led by Company First Vice President Alexander
Misharin has taken part in the international conference Railway Business at Transit
Speeds, which was organised by the Coordinating Council for Trans-Siberian Transport
as part of the Transport Logistic 2017 conference held in Munich in Germany.
The conference was also attended by representatives from international transport
organisations, rail and logistics companies and the expert community from fifteen
The event's main theme was the development of the East-West International Transport
Corridor (ITC) and the Trans-Siberian Railway as the basis for a global supply chain.
As the participants in the discussion noted, the volume of foreign trade carried
by container shipments between the largest markets of Europe and Asia is increasing
by an average of 11% annually. Increasing amounts of transit freight have been attracted
to rail routes recently.
"In 2016, we increased the volume of container traffic by more than 30% and doubled
the volume of the transit trade between China and Europe," said Alexander Misharin
in his speech.
Such results were achieved thanks to regular scheduled container trains, the expansion
of the transportation geography between China-Europe-China using the Trans-Siberian
railway and the development of the transport and logistics business of Russian Railways.
Subsidiaries of the RZD Holding – the logistics company GEFCO, the United
Transport and Logistics Company, and RZD Logistics – apply flexible price conditions,
depending on the transportation volumes, and are constantly improving the technology
of freight delivery.
An additional impetus to the development of container transportation along the
East-West ITC in the near future will come from the further development of electronic
Thus, since 1 May 2017, Chinese Railways have joined the project for the CIM/SMGS
electronic consignment note for that part of container trains which runs between China
and European countries.
Russian Railways is currently working with Chinese Railways to prepare a new agreement
on electronic data exchange, which will allow the preliminary declaration of container
shipments dispatched from China to Russia and third countries. This will also increase
the volume of transit traffic.
Within the framework of the conference, experts also discussed the prerequisites
for attracting from aviation to the land routes across the Eurasian continent part
of e-commerce freight, whose annual volume in 2016 amounted to $2 trillion.
"We can use the new opportunities of high-speed rail transport by combining the
high-speed network in China and Europe, whereby the land stretch of all traffic flows
could reach 15%," said Alexander Misharin. He recalled that currently, the development
of the high-speed Moscow-Beijing transport corridor, coupled with the economic belt
of the Silk Road, is ongoing.
Together with international partners, the RZD Holding is completing the preparation
of project documentation for the construction of the high-speed railway on the Moscow-Kazan
section, which is an integral part of the Eurasian transport corridor.
In addition, a high-speed freight train with a payload of up to 600 tons and capable
of speeds of up to 300 kph is being developed with the participation of international
On the implementation of these projects, delivery times for goods dispatched from
China to Europe can be reduced to 3 days.
"The future of rail transportation, especially on long-distance transcontinental
routes, largely depends on the coordination of efforts at the international level,"
Alexander Misharin stressed.