Container transit on network owned by Russian Railways on China – Europe – China route increased by 1.5 times in first half of year
In January-June 2021, container traffic on the China – Europe – China route carried on the infrastructure of Russian Railways increased by 1.5 times compared to the same period last year and rose to 359,700 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs).
The number of transit containers increased by a factor of 2.3 compared to the level of the pre-pandemic six-month period in the first half of 2019.
A total of 343,200 loaded TEU containers were dispatched, an increase of 1.6 times. They carried about 2.8 million tons of cargo, which is 1.6 times more than in the same period of 2020. Transit freight from China to Europe during the same period increased by a factor of 1.5 to 233,100 TEUs, and almost doubled from Europe to China, increasing to 110,100 TEUs.
The freight base of transit container transportation consists mostly of industrial goods, chemical cargo, vehicles and components for their assembly, machine tools and engines. For example, the dispatch of cars from Europe to China doubled compared to the first half of 2020 and tripled over the same period in 2019, representing growth by a factor of 3.2 times to 22,600 TEUs. In the direction of China – Europe, the main growth of 1.5 and 2.6 times respectively was in consumer goods.
The increase in transit volumes is facilitated by the strong growth in trade turnover between the two 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 diversification of transit routes across Russia.