First China-Russia fresh produce train on its way

First batch of frozen poultry departs from Selyatino to Chongqing, source: RZD Logistics

RZD Logistics and UTLC ERA organised the first shipment of refrigerated goods between China and Russia by rail. The first train departed from the Nongzhong terminal in Shandong province, China, on 26 March. It will transit through Dostyk in Kazakhstan, and its transit time is estimated to be around 18 days. The train’s final destination is the Selyatino terminal in Moscow.

The train carries 50 reefer containers comprising frozen fruits and vegetables, seafood and other agro-industrial products. RZD Logistics plans to make this service regular with at least “four trains per month”.

As for fresh produce transport between China and Russia, it is essential to underline that this is the first Russia-bound service. It is an import service from China to Russia. In the past, RZD Logistics had launched other refrigerated goods services, with an export profile to China, via Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. RZD Logistics was also planning to launch a similar service to Turkey.

RZD also looking for alternatives

Apart from European companies looking for transport alternatives due to the war in Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Russia, RZD is also doing the same. With limited import/export options, the Russian logistics company turned to rail imports from China. “Considering the growing demand from shippers for export-import transportation between Russia and China, the organization of alternative routes is especially important. RZD Logistics develops and offers its customers new logistics solutions”, said the company.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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