FESCO brings first batch of Chinese new energy vehicles to Moscow

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Russia has also entered the game of Chinese new energy vehicles, and FESCO guaranteed their first transport to Moscow. The logistics mega-player sent the first batch of 50 ‘made in China’ electric cars with two container trains, each carrying 25 forty-foot containers. The two trains were dispatched in mid/late December, and their transit time was 14 days. In February, FESCO aims to stabilise the service, which will run once a month carrying 50 forty-foot containers per trip.

The first new energy vehicle trains left the Chinese city of Guangzhou, and after transiting via Khorgos, they reached Moscow’s Beliy Rast station. China Railways transported the containers until Kazakhstan, and FESCO took over the service on the way to Moscow. The 50 transported cars were of the brand Dongfeng Lantu.

A car transport expert

It is not the first time that FESCO transports cars, though, between China and Russia. The logistics company undertakes car transport via the Vladivostok port and land border crossings. Indicatively, in 2022 alone, the company transported 8,500 China-built cars belonging to various brands. Apart from Kazakhstan, FESCO has also transported cars via Mongolia from the Chinese city of Chongqing.

However, other companies have done it before too. For instance, in 2019, Maersk and TransContainer experimented with a service that linked Dalian in China and Vorotynsk in Russia via the Trans-Siberian route. Nevertheless, before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, such services would monopolise the news from a Silk Road perspective, whereas now, they have turned into bilateral services only focusing on Russia-China traffic.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

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

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