Nutep Terminal in Novorossiysk. Source: Ruscon website

RUSCON explores new multimodal routes between China and Russia

Nutep Terminal in Novorossiysk RUSCON

Russian logistics operator RUSCON is going to launch a new multimodal container service between China and Russia via the port of Novorossiysk on the Black Sea. The first shipment is scheduled for 11 September, and the goods will follow a route that is somewhat unusual for exchanges between the two countries. The majority of the journey will be via sea. The cargo will be moved on rail once it reaches the Russian port to be transported throughout the country.

A cargo vessel will leave the Chinese port of Taicang. From there, the vessel will reach Instanbul via the port of Qingdao. From Turkey, the goods will be loaded on a feeder vessel directed to the NUTEP Terminal in Novorossiysk, where they will be distributed in Russia by rail, for a total transit time of 40 days.

A feasible solution?

“We continue to reconstruct imperfect logistics chains and create new ones by opening and testing multimodal services along the Southern Sea Route,” Sergey Berezkin, the president of RUSCON said. He added that “the key advantage of this service is that we quickly gather our containers in Istanbul and deliver them to Novorossiysk. So, customers do not have to wait for the formation of any significant cargo lot in Turkey”.

According to Berezkin, with this service, “customers can arrange the entire multimodal chain from the first to the last mile, including truck and railway delivery across Russia, in RUSCON’s office in China”. RUSCON will provide customs clearance, warehousing, and cargo handling services. From the terminal, the company offers reloading and delivery services, both by rail and road, to any region of Russia.

RUSCON and its expansion in Europe

RUSCON is a third-party logistics operator, a subsidiary of Delo Group. It provides end-to-end cargo delivery services by a range of its own transportation assets: marine terminals, fleet of trucks, flatcars, inland terminals, customs, and logistics storage facilities as well as a developed network of branch offices.

The Russian company strengthened its ties with Europe in 2021. In fact, RUSCON opened a subsidiary in the Netherlands, called Smartwagon, which provides logistics services all around the continent. Moreover, through Smartcontainer, RUSCON launched the Moscow Shuttle, a direct rail freight service between Moscow and the Netherlands.

Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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