Container transits on Russian Railways’ network along China – Europe – China from January to September 2021 up on volume for all of 2020
From January to September 2021, container traffic transported along the China – Europe – China route on the infrastructure owned by Russian Railways increased by 47% compared to the same nine-month period last year, rising to 568,700 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs). This is more than during the whole of 2020, when 561,400 loaded and empty TEU containers were shipped along the same route.
The number of transit containers in the first three quarters of 2021 increased by 2.3 times compared to the same nine months during the last pre-pandemic year of 2019.
A total of 542,400 loaded TEU containers were dispatched, up by a factor of 1.5. They carried about 4.3 million tons of cargo, 1.6 times more than in the same period of 2020.
At the same time, transit volumes from China to Europe increased 1.4 times, rising to 379,600 TEUs, while from Europe to China, container numbers rose by 1.7 times to 189,100 TEUs.
Industrial goods, chemical cargoes, vehicles and components for their assembly, machine tools and engines make up most of the freight shipped in transit containers.
The increase in transit volumes was facilitated by the increase in trade turnover between countries, the establishment of competitive pricing conditions on the network owned by Russian Railways and the expansion of the range and improvement of the quality of services, as well as the development of transport and logistics infrastructure and the diversification of transit routes through Russia.