RZD continues offering discounts on the INSTC and other routes
Russian state-owned railway company RZD introduces another round of discounts along the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC). The company established an 8,9 per cent discount on grain transport along the corridor, which will apply for transport between Russia and Iran via Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. This is not the first time RZD has implemented such a solution to attract customers since it has offered a 20 per cent discount for container transport along the eastern branch of the INSTC throughout 2023.
The company did not mention whether the 20 per cent discount would be continued through 2024; however, it explained that the discounts on grain transport will be in place until 30 June 2024. In addition, it introduced lower prices to other routes and transport segments.
For instance, from 1 January 2024 until the end of 2026, the company will offer 12,8 per cent lower prices for the transportation of alumina between the Far East and stations along the East Siberian Railway and the Krasnoyarsk station. RZD explained that lower prices should improve the circulation of empty gondola cars back to the Russian mainland after unloading in Far East ports. At the same time, RZD will also maintain the 50 per cent discount on the transport of reefer containers applied for several rail terminals.
Car discounts boost transport
Another interesting fact, not necessarily related to the INSTC, is the lower prices for transporting imported passenger cars through Russian territory. Vehicles arriving at Russian Far East ports and transported via rail to Moscow have been enjoying a special regime for some time, with 33,7 per cent lower prices.
Those discounts have assisted in boosting China-Russia electric vehicle transport via rail throughout 2023, as Fesco has highlighted. The discount percentage will remain the same for the time being, with the only difference being that it will also apply to train services reaching terminals in Blucher, apart from the Moscow Selyatino terminal.