Monthly traffic China-Europe exceeds 52k TEUs for first time

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Container traffic between China and Europe witnessed an absolute record last month, judging from the volumes transited by UTLC ERA. The joint venture of Belarusian, Kazakh and Russian railways in May carried 52,5 thousand TEUs across the broad gauge railways. “That is twice as much as the same figure last year and represents an absolute volume record in monthly Eurasian container traffic”, the operator said.

The United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Rail Alliance (UTLC ERA) shared some more impressive figures. The shipment of loaded containers to China in June also doubled compared to the same month last year: to 15 thousand TEUs. A total of 34 thousand TEUs of loaded containers were shipped to Europe last month, exceeding last year’s figure by 2.2 times.

The total volume of traffic carried by provided by UTLC ERA in the first half of 2020 amounted to 223 thousand TEUs, showing an increase of 65 per cent compared to the reporting period of last year.

Important milestone

“Exceeding the 50 thousand TEUs per month in transit container traffic is an important milestone which we have long been striving for. The traffic volume of 49 thousand TEUs was reported as early as May, and, despite the challenging situation in June, high motivation and close interaction with partners and customers helped us to achieve the goal”, said Alexey Grom, CEO of UTLC ERA.

The CEO went on to explain that joint efforts of shareholders enabled to maintain high speed of transportation and to minimise technological delays along the entire route of the 1520 mm track. “We had more than 100 trains operating daily, and the total fleet managed by UTLC ERA already amounts to almost 7 thousand railcars.”


Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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