Russia Railways launch new service dedicated to Chinese e-commerce
Russia Railways launched a new service dedicated to transporting e-commerce and postal products from China to Russia. The service will connect the Chinese border city Hunchun and Vladivostok in Russia, the first train was sent out on 10 July as a test run.
Though labelled as a dual-functional service for e-commerce and postal goods, the first test train contained only e-commerce products exported from China to Russia. The route will create a rail logistic solution for the Russian Far East market, typically serving the need for smaller-size products. Fengyuan Zhang, general manager of Changda electronic e-commerce company, told Chinese media that previously, they could only ship products weighing more than 350 grams. With the new service, lightweight e-commerce products could be shipped via rail to Russia as well.
The e-commerce trade volume between China and Russia is expected to increase by 25-35 per cent this year. As one of the highly time-sensitive goods, e-commerce cargo creates a higher demand for efficient logistic solutions, and rail is sharing the cake.
Another e-commerce service
Russian Railways (RZD) and FESCO launched a new service, Railjet, which could shorten the transit time from the Chinese border to Moscow to five days. The new service has a clear market vision for its target audience. In addition to car delivery, the new service is also dedicated to postal goods delivery, including e-commerce products.