Transit shipments of containers through Mongolia increased by 2.7 times in 2017
Alexander Misharin, First Deputy CEO of OJSC Russian Railways, has taken part in the plenary session "Development of Freight in Russia: Trends, Prospects, Limitations" of the 23rd TransRussia International Transport and Logistics Services and Technologies Exhibition.
In his address to the session, Misharin noted that the demand for Eurasian transit rail transportation is confirmed by the growth in traffic volumes. The volume of transit via the rail network owned by Russian Railways in 2017 amounted to 415,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent units (TEUs), which is 60% more than in 2016.
"In the first quarter, we managed to exceed the result we achieved during the same period in 2017 by 31%. There was an increase of 35% in the East-West direction," stressed Alexander Misharin.
The ongoing development of the North-South and West-East international transport corridors (ITCs), as well as the implementation of the Eurasian high-speed railway global infrastructure project will contribute to the increase in the volume of transit freight shipments.
"Chinese shippers are showing increasing interest in transit traffic through Mongolia, while container transit shipments along this route increased by 2.7 times in 2017. We view Mongolia's railway infrastructure as an important transit artery with high development potential," said Alexander Misharin.
As an example of such cooperation, Misharin cited the work of the United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC), which acts as a single integration platform on the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union, which promotes the transit potential of all participating countries, in particular Kazakhstan, Belarus and Russia. The Company now offers shippers 50 basic routes. In 2017, the volume of shipments handled by UTLC reached 175,700 TEUs.
"The synergies resulting from combining efforts with our foreign partners in the transport and logistics area are already contributing to a several-fold increase in the attractiveness of rail transit," said Misharin.