Shipments of loaded containers on China – Europe – China route doubled in August 2020
In August 2020, container traffic on the China – Europe – China route increased by more than 1.9 times compared to the same month last year, rising to 59,400 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs). Shipments of loaded containers doubled to 57,700 TEUs.
During January to August 2020, container shipments on the China – Europe – China amounted to 337,400 TEUs, 1.6 times more than in the same eight-month period last year. Loaded containers rose to 326,500 TEUs, up by a factor of 1.8 times.
The increased traffic volumes have been facilitated by the establishment of competitive pricing conditions, improved service quality and the diversification of transit routes. In particular, the Company is developing container train corridors through Mongolia and the Russian-Kazakh border crossing Ozinki – Semiglaviy Mar, and connections with the terminals of the Kaliningrad region.
From January to August 2020, container transit shipments between China and Europe and along Kaliningrad Railways increased nearly threefold compared to the same period last year, rising to 12,600 TEUs.
Transit container trains travel both through land railway border crossings and by multimodal methods. The volume of traffic through the ports of Baltiysk and Kaliningrad increased tenfold to 7,930 TEUs.
The Russian Railways’ Holding is also optimising the dispatch of container trains in order to reduce customer costs for long-haul deliveries via the Trans-Siberian Railway. At the Zabaikalsk border station two trains arriving from the People’s Republic of China are united into one combined train, which then travels on to Europe along the networks owned by Russian Railways and Belarusian Railways. Thanks to this consolidation, the need for additional locomotive traction and a separate timetable is reduced, which significantly reduces the cost of the transportation.
In addition, shippers can now take advantage of a preferential tariff for the transit of containers along the Baikal and Trans-Siberian Main Lines. In accordance with Decree No. 1265 of the Government of the Russian Federation issued on 21 August 2020, subsidies are provided for the transportation of containers going through the port stations of the Pacific Basin in transit along the network owned by Russian Railways and on through the port stations of the Baltic and Azov-Black Sea basins, the border crossings with Finland, the Republic of Belarus, Poland and Azerbaijan, and in the opposite direction.