Containers at Vladivostok seaport, source: Russian Railways

Delivery time Japan-Europe will be reduced to 11-14 days

Russian Railways together with its partner FESCO intends to reduce the delivery time on the Japan-Europe multimodal route. The trial shipment of containers has been provided in 19 days. This figure could be reduced to 14 days and even to 11 days.

“We are trying to provide new services, and in order to attract Japanese shippers, we shorten the delivery time on the Japan – Europe route. The delivery time to Poland has already decreased to 19 days, and we intend to reduce it even more, it will be about 11-14 days”, CEO of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov said at the 5th Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. This will allow the railway company to attract more freight volumes from Japan. Almost a third of freight traffic running on the Trans-Siberian Railway is going from or to Japan.

INTERTRAN project

One of the key ways to reduce the delivery time is to implement electronic documents for customs proceedings. Currently, such technology has been introduced at Vladivostok seaport. The paperless documents make it possible to provide up to 30 operations and decrease the delivery time for up to four days. Russian Railways is moving towards electronic documents since 2017 within the INTERTRAN project. On 4 September, the first regular freight train with Japanese containers departed from Vladivostok seaport using electronic documents.

Moreover, Russian Railways plans to develop intermodal facilities on the route to Europe. Together with the Japanese partners, it is designing two future terminals: the Baltiysky logistics complex in Leningrad Oblast and the Primorsky dry port, close to the city of Ussuriysk in Primorsky Krai. Also, Russian Railways intends to open a representative office in Tokyo for intensifying cooperation.

European Silk Road Summit

Do you want to know more about the New Silk Road and the connection to Japan? On 26 and 27 November the European Silk Road Summit takes place in Venlo, the Netherlands. Representing PCC, Dariusz Stefańsk will present the new intermodal connection between Europe, Japan and Korea.

At this two-day international event more than 35 speakers and around 250 delegates will share their experiences, expertise and latest news. Registration for the event is now open. The programme and speakers can be found on the website.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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