Containers on Russian railway network

Weekly service for Geely automotive parts China-Belarus

JSC RZD Logistics launched a weekly rail freight service transporting knock-down kits of automotive manufacturer Geely. The goods are delivered from Chengdu in China to the BelGee assembly factory in Belarus. The first train is already on track.

The first four container trains with the kits departed in accordance with a schedule especially developed for this project. It follows a direct route, from Chengdu through Mongolia (Zamyn-Uud border crossing), through Russia (Naushki border crossing) and Belarus (Krasnoye border crossing). After a journey of fourteen days, the trains are expected to arrive at the terminal in Zhodino.

50 trains in 2019

In total, fifty container trains are expected to depart by the end of 2019, with regularity one train a week, RZD Logistics said. Currently RZD Logistics is looking into the opportunity to organise similar shipments to Belarus from other Geely factories in China.

“We see the interest of automobile manufacturers and dealers in railway delivery and put emphasis on the development of this area of logistics business. Transportation of knock-down kits in accelerated container train from China to Belarus is three times faster than sea delivery, which allows us to count on switching the volumes from the functioning sea route to rail. This year we not only plan to follow the delivery schedule, but will also work actively on the geographic expansion of Geely products’ shipments from China”, noted the CEO of RZD Logistics Viacheslav Valentik.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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