Demand for accelerated refrigerated trains up by 34% in IH2015
OJSC Russian Railways pays special attention to organising regular shipments of fresh seafood to Russia's central regions in order to provide the population with quality fish products.
Far Eastern Railways, for example, implements a service which provides for the accelerated formation of refrigerated trains travelling at an average route speed of up to 1,200 km per day, which allows the delivery of fresh Pacific products as quickly as possible.
In the first half of 2015, 46 accelerated refrigerated trains transported 96,000 tons of fish, or one third of the total volume of fish shipments. Demand for express trains in 2015 increased by 34% compared to the same period last year.
However, less than 10% of this service's potential is actually used. In spite of sufficient rolling stock, freight owners prefer to sell the catch to the Asia-Pacific region due to the significant appreciation of the dollar against the rouble, which makes sales abroad more profitable than supplying the domestic market.
In total, the first half of 2015 at Far Eastern Railways saw 66,000 tons of fish loaded into refrigerated units and insulated wagons, which is 0.3% below the same period last year. Loading in refrigerated containers amounted to 122,200 tons, an increase of 3.2% compared to the same period last year.
Today, the demand of shippers for the transportation of fish products by rail is satisfied in full. The level of the transport component in the retail price does not exceed 11% and does not have a significant impact on the change in the final cost of and demand for fish.