Transit container shipments involving China via Transsib increase by 89% in first 9 months of 2015
Oleg Belozerov, President of Russian Railways, addressed the 24th plenary meeting of the Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT), which was held in the Austrian capital Vienna on 11 November 2015.
Belozerov announced that in the first three quarters of 2015, transit container transport to and from China using the Trans-Siberian Railway had increased by 89%, with the volume of transit goods going by the Trans-Siberian on the China route increased by 98% in 2014 and amounted to 55,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs). In the first 9 months of this 2015, the volume grew by 89% compared to the same period last year. In total, 66,000 TEUs by used this route.
Oleg Belozerov said that measures had been taken on tariff regulation in order to enhance the competitiveness of container traffic on the Trans-Siberian. In particular, at the initiative of the CCTT, the rate for transporting freight in 40-foot containers on container trains to China and in the opposite direction via the border crossing at Brest was reduced by 42% in 2014. This rate has been retained in 2015.
In addition, special tariffs on the China - Europe - China rail route have been introduced for the transit of twenty foot containers on container trains in 2015 in order to balance the freight flows handled by Russian Railways.
For example, the rate for the transportation of a loaded 20-foot container to/from China on the stretch between Krasnoe - Kanisay amounted to 288 instead of 576 Swiss francs.
"Providing a significant discount factor of 0.7 to the tariff for shipping containerised freight on one single shipping to the Grodekovo- Suifenhe border crossing marked the beginning of transit container transportation from China's northern provinces to south China and Japan via the Russian port of Vostochny," said Oleg Belozerov.
Belozerov also said that due to the Company's strategy to form fully complete container trains and create favourable conditions for the promotion of transit container freight, container shipments along the Trans-Siberian rose to 131,000 TEUs in 2014, 7 times more than in 2009.
As part of the CCTT's activity, in addition to operating regular container services between China - Europe - China (Chengdu - Lodz, Suzhou - Warsaw, Chongqing - Duisburg, Zhengzhou - Hamburg, Wuhan - Pardubice), a new container service between Yiwu - Madrid (China - Spain) has been organised.
Since September 2015, the Joint Transport and Logistics Company has also been organising container trains from the Chinese port of Yingkou to Moscow.