Russian Railways and FESCO Sent First Container Train with Japanese Cargo to Europe via Trans-Siberian
As part of a joint project between Russian Railways and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan, the first full-length container train carrying Japanese cargo departed from Vladivostok to Europe via the Trans-Siberian railway on November 18.
The train consists of containers with a wide range of goods: medical equipment, chemicals, motor and climate-control equipment, power tools, compressors, and more. The containers were shipped from several ports in Japan (Hakata, Kobe, Toyama, Yokohama) and consolidated as part of the regular FESCO maritime service on one vessel that arrived at the Commercial Port of Vladivostok on November 16.
Customs processing in the port, the preparation of transit documents, and the composition of container train were done in the shortest time possible—just two days.
The train will run the Russian railways network on a specially developed schedule; then it will be transferred to the Belarusian Railway and will arrive at Brest border station with Poland, where the containers will be loaded onto a narrow-gauge train before going on to their destinations in Europe, including Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, and Poland.
Logistics assistance is provided by RZD Logistics (a subsidiary of Russian Railways) and FESCO which offer intermodal transit service Trans-Siberian LandBridge for express delivery of goods by the Trans-Siberian railway.
This transportation is the next stage of the project of test container shipments that demonstrates the capacities and advantages of the Trans-Siberian route. It was organized as a result of effective international cooperation between Russian Railways and the Ministry of Transport of Japan and Japanese forwarders, Belarusian and Polish railways, and other participants.
‘Russian Railways is constantly working to improve technologies for delivering cargo. Our Japanese clients have already seen for themselves the high quality of service, speed, and safety of transportation. The dispatch of a full-unit container train is more evidence of the high competitiveness of Russian railways. This was also facilitated by a stable tariff policy: tariffs for transit traffic have not increased in the past ten years. In addition, additional opportunities are opening up to increase traffic from Japan and other countries of the Asia-Pacific region to Europe thanks to the decision of the Russian government to subsidize the transit transportation of containers when shipped from ports in the Far East,’ said Deputy General Director of Russian Railways and Head of the Centre for Corporate Transport Services Alexey Shilo.
The Trans-Siberian LandBridge service significantly reduces cargo transportation times when compared with traditional sea routes. Delivery from the ports of Japan to the ports of Europe via the Suez Canal takes up to 50 days, while using the Trans-Siberian multimodal route cuts that time in half.