Port Wings News Network:
“In the first eight months of 2019, container transportation on the Trans-Siberian Railway increased 25% over the same period last year: up to 727,000 TEU containers,” said General Director and Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov at a plenary meeting of the Coordinating Council for Trans-Siberian Transportation on Thursday in Nur Sultan.
“Today we are witnessing an increase in the volume of container transportation by rail between China and Europe, which is outstripping not only the growth rate of Eurasian freight transportation by other modes of transport, but also the dynamics of foreign trade,” he said.
In 2018, international container transportation on the Trans-Siberian Railway grew 23% and amounted to about 950,000 units, of which one in four was transit.
“It is significant that, over the past eight years, the volume of container traffic from China to Europe via Kazakhstan has increased more than two hundred times,” said Mr. Belozerov.
He recalled that the transit of containers on Russian railways should grow four times by 2024, and the company is making significant efforts to achieve this.
In particular, work is underway to modernize the Trans-Siberian and BAM. The carrying capacity of a number of sections of these highways has already increased by more than a third since the large-scale construction project was implemented in 2013. In January 2019, the average route speed of transit container trains through Russia amounted to 1,134 km/day.
Work has been completed on the construction of terminals on the Russian-Polish border in Kaliningrad Oblast: now they can process up to half a million containers per year.
The Head of Russian Railways also said that, together with the Association of Trans-Siberian Intermodal Operators of Japan, a number of test shipments of containers from Japan have been carried out.
“We are actively and systematically preparing to enter into the service of Japanese shippers and customers, who are very demanding in terms of the quality and stability of transportation,” he said.
Speaking about promising mechanisms for attracting new goods and reducing delivery times, Mr. Belozerov noted the growing role of digital tools to remove cross-country barriers.
“Time imposes its own agenda. Digitalization or even the digital transformation of railways and the logistics sector is both a challenge and a new opportunity for the development of transportation throughout Eurasia,” he said.