Intermodal terminal in Moscow region, source: Russian Railways

New regular train route to Moscow from China

Source: Russian Railways

On 31 October, the first import container train from Nanchang in southeastern China rolled into the Bely Rast transport and logistics center in Moscow region. It includes 48 large-capacity containers with various equipment, shoes, fabrics, chandeliers, as coronavirus treatments.

Liaoning Port, COSCO, and Torgmoll took part in organising the shipment. The arrival of the train marked the opening of a bilateral connection between Bely Rast and the city of Nanchang. The first train carrying exports in this direction was sent in June 2020.

Twice a week

It is expected that container trains will run on this route once or twice a week on a regular schedule. Since it started, Bely Rast has been developing international transportation to and from China, including jointly with container operators such as Sinotrans, COSCO, and CJSC Eurosib.

Bely Rast opened international container shipping routes to Shenyang, Jinan, Dongguan, and other cities in China. In addition, trains travel regularly to and from Vostochny Port in the Russian Far East.

Bely Rast terminal

The first regular container train from China arrived at the Bely Rast Terminal and Logistics Center on 29 July, 2020. It delivered 41 large-tonnage containers with equipment for agricultural enterprises to Moscow Oblast from the Chinese city of Shenyang (Liaoning province).

TLC Bely Rast is located in Dmitrovsky District in Moscow Oblast and includes a container-piggyback terminal with a processing capacity of up to 275,000 TEU per year; a complex of distribution universal warehouses; and an inert cargo terminal. The terminal has three loading and unloading railways with a length of 1050 m and a container storage warehouse with a design capacity of 3100 TEU. Intraterminal roads and a parking lot for trucks and a building to accommodate employees of the center and customs infrastructure were built.

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Author: Majorie van Leijen

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

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