Intermodal terminal in Moscow region, source: Russian Railways

Russian Railways sets historical record of transit containers

Transit container traffic on Russian Railways’ network has set a historical record and overcame a mark of 500 thousand TEUs from the beginning of the year. This figure will surpass 1 million TEUs per year by 2024. The vast majority of transit containers are moved between China and Europe.

The milestone was overcome by a Czech container train with spare parts for cars. It crossed Poland and Belarus, and ran the Russian Railways network in 7.5 days from Krasnoe station on the Belarusian border to the Naushki border crossing, close to Mongolia. The final destination of the train is in the Chinese province of Henan.

Ambitious goal

According to CEO of Russian Railways Oleg Belozyorov, container transit traffic increased by 2.5 during the last three years. Meanwhile, Russian Railways has an ambitious goal to increase the volume of transit containers with 4 times by 2024. This means surpassing the mark of 1 million TEUs. It is unclear whether the figure is reachable. Last year transit container traffic increased by 59 per cent. Ironically, this year, in spite of the milestone, the rise was only 25 per cent.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

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

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