Russian diesel locomotive 2TE10M-2766 with freight train from Russia to China

Rail freight of small quantity cargo popular on Russia-China route

Russian diesel locomotive 2TE10M-2766 with freight train from Russia to China

Since the opening of the railway route connecting the Russian city of Ekaterinburg to the north-eastern Chinese town of Changchun, shipment of small quantities of freight on this route is gaining popularity. This was observed by RZD Logistics, a company specialised in the transport of cargo in the region. With small quantities RZD Logistics refers to LTL (less than truck load) and LCL (less than container load) cargo.

The railway route Ekaterinburg-Changchun was opened several years ago by the Russian container operator PJSC TransContainer. Cargo from the ports of Ningbo, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Quingdao is consolidated in Changchun, from were it is delivered to Ekaterinburg.

High-speed train

“In June this year, the regular departure of  high-speed full-length container trains across this route was launched. The trains follow a special route, crossing an average distance of 1.100 kilometer per day. Today, two container trains arrive in Ekateringburg every month”, said Ekaterina Godlevskay, spokesperson at RZD Logistics.

The trains consist of LTL and LCL cargo of several customers,making it an attractive transport option. ,,The service has gradually gained popularity among consignors. Transport of this cargo by rail is beneficial to customers, as it is more affordable than air shipments and delivery times are shorter than transport by sea. In the first six months of 2017, 1465 TEU were transported via this route.”

New warehouse

In order to meet the growing need to store and process cargo from China, RZD Logistics opened a new warehouse in the Russian city. ,,The opening of the warehouse is aimed at the further development of the service. It is a convenient space for cargo storage and in the future it is expected to provide clients with customs processing services of export and import goods”, Godlevskay explained.







Author: Majorie van Leijen

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

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