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Transit Container Shipping Between China, Europe Records Huge Growth

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Port Wings News Network:

In September 2020, container shipping between China and Europe on Russian Railways infrastructure increased 1.7 times over the same period last year, reaching 50,800 TEU. The number of loaded containers increased 1.8 times up to 48,200 TEU.

In January to September 2020, container traffic between China and Europe amounted to 387,900 TEU (1.6 times more than in the same period last year), 374,800 TEU of which was loaded (a growth of 1.8 times).

Thus, the traffic volumes for the first 9 months of this year have already exceeded the indicators for all of 2019 by more than 40,000 TEU. In that year, 347,000 TEU was shipped.

The growth of transit volumes is facilitated by the establishment of competitive pricing conditions, the expansion of the range and improvement of the quality of services, and the diversification of transit routes.

Corridors for container trains are still developing. For example, transportation between China and Europe along the northern route through Mongolia in January to September 2020 increased 25% to more than 15,000 TEU.

Transit containers travel both through railway border crossings on land and multimodally. In September of this year, about 6,900 TEU was dispatched via Kaliningrad Railway, which is more than 10 times more than last year. At the same time, half of this volume (3,500 TEU) was transported multimodally, using sea lines.

JSC UTLC ERA (a subsidiary of JSC Russian Railways) and Belintertrans-Germany GmbH (BIT-Germany) have launched a regular end-to-end multimodal service along the route Altynkol (border with China)-Kaliningrad-Hamburg. As part of its comprehensive service, UTLC ERA organizes container rail transportation from Altynkol to the ports of Kaliningrad Oblast and back as part of its regular container trains. BIT-Germany runs a regular sea container delivery service between the ports of Kaliningrad Oblast and the Port of Hamburg. End-to-end technology will significantly reduce transit time and exclude unnecessary operations.

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