RUSCON Group opens Dutch subsidiary in Rotterdam

As part of its European expansion program, RUSCON Group, a Russian container transport company, established its Dutch subsidiary Smartcontainer BV. The new company will provide logistics services to European shippers in cooperation with Delo Group am, also Russian, transport and logistics holding. “Our new company Smartcontainer BV is strategically a new milestone for our expansion of services in Europe,” commented Sergey Berezkin, President of RUSCON Group.

The main objective of Smartcontainer BV will be to enhance the European transport market and strengthen the presence of its mother company. Simultaneously, it will provide new opportunities for shippers to find their way through Russia and across the New Silk Road. As RUSCON’s President underlined, it is their commitment to continue implementing innovative and sustainable solutions for their existing and new customers to come.

New gateway

Nevertheless, it’s not only the Russian company that will benefit from the expansion’s opportunities. Since Smartlogistics will be organising both intra-Russian and cross-border operations, it will also provide Western European companies with access to its partner’s network. This means that its customers will be able to use Dole Group’s rail and port infrastructure in Russia, including 38 inland terminals, five maritime container terminals and over 31,600 rail freight terminals.

Understandably, following this development, European shippers will have an extra and reliable option for transporting their products between Europe-Russia, but also further to Central Asia and China. This option could also benefit intermodal transportation since it combines sea and rail terminals that could open up new routes on the Eurasian corridors.

Road2Holland

Most importantly, Smartcontainer BV is already part of the Road2Holland consortium launched by the Enterprise Agency of the Netherlands. The consortium comprises Dutch companies that partnered up with the Dutch government to boost rail transportation between the Netherlands and China. Among the participants in this initiative are leading rail transport and logistics companies such as the GVT Group, Nunner Logistics, Samskip and LTE Group.

Becoming part of the consortium shows that Smartcontainer will focus on China-Europe rail services using the Netherlands as the base and distribution centre for the European hinterland. Additionally, utilising the knowledge and diplomatic tools offered by the Dutch government will be crucial for its establishment in the market and for attracting more customers on the Eurasian rail tracks.

Author: Nikos Papatolios

Editor at RailFreight.com

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