Russian Agroexpress launches first train to Uzbekistan

RZD Logistics and the Russian Export Center organised the first Agroexpress train from Russia to Uzbekistan via Kazakhstan. The train carried reefer containers with poultry meat and travelled between Tambov and Tashkent. The two companies cooperate closely with Uzbekistan Railways and other logistic providers in the corridor to make the service stable and frequent.

The Agroexpress departed from Tambov to Tashkent on Wednesday, 17 November. Since it is a pilot delivery, the parties involved will try to spot all the technical and control issues that will occur. After resolving them, they will be able to proceed with making the service regular.

Agricultural goods to all central Asian countries

The Agroexpress launching between Russia and Uzbekistan was agreed upon in late June 2021. The two parties signed a tripartite cooperation agreement, including Kazakhstan, to develop the logistics corridor between Russia and Uzbekistan. The Agroexpress train will be an integral part of this project.

“This transportation will serve as a starting point for the project’s launch, open new routes for Russian exports and form promising logistics services for transporting agricultural goods to Central Asian countries. This, in turn, will contribute to increasing traffic volumes and implementing national projects for the export of domestic products”, commented Dmitry Murev, general director of RZD Logistics.

However, there is more to come and more “work to be done”, said Murev. “Our company plans to improve the organisation of logistics of agro-industrial cargo and develop new integrated business solutions, which will create the best conditions for customers of this service,” Murev explained. The next steps concern stronger cooperation with logistics companies, customs and phytosanitary services along the corridor.

Sixth route for Agroexpress

The Agroexpress project is not new. It launched back in 2019 with the collaboration of RZD Logistics and the Chongqing-based platform company YuXinOu to transport food products between Russia and China. Since then, the project has seen substantial expansion. The Russia-Uzbekistan route is Agroexpress’ sixth project. Now regular Agroexpress delivers agricultural products of Russian exporters from Moscow and Russian regions to the largest cities of China and from the capital to Vladivostok and further to the ports of China, Japan, and South Korea,” narrated Veronika Nikishina, director-general of the Russian Export Center.

As for the project’s latest addition, she mentioned that “Russian exporters will receive another uninterrupted supply channel and accelerated passage of goods across the border thanks to the coordinated actions of the regulatory authorities of the two countries. Moreover, the new route is expected to increase trade turnover between Russia and Uzbekistan”.

European Silk Road Summit

Russia will also be among the leading themes of this year’s European Silk Road Summit taking place on 7 & 8 December in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. RZD Logistics will be represented at the Summit by Yulia Kosolpova, who will discuss container transit transport through Russia.

The event is only 21 days away, the programme is ready, and some very interesting speakers and sessions are lined up. Interesting in taking a look at the programme? You can do it here. Ready to buy your ticket? You can find it here.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Editor at RailFreight.com

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