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Transportation of Containers on Trans-Siberian Records 22% Growth in 8 Months

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The volume of containerized cargo transportation from China to Europe through all border crossings, including through Kazakhstan, increased 77% in 2017 and amounted to more than 262 000 containers, Oleg Belozyorov, CEO of Russian Railways, has said.

He was speaking at the plenary meeting of the Coordination Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation in Sochi recently.

Oleg Belozyorov stated: “This record figure will be greatly exceeded this year. According to the results of the first 8 months of work in 2018, over 590 000 containers were transported on the Trans-Siberian, which is 22% more than during the same period last year. At the same time, transit has grown to 128 000 units.”

According to him, the highest dynamics are demonstrated by the volumes of traffic from China to Europe. For example, UTLC ERA, a joint company of Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus, transported 157 000 containers in 8 months, which is one and a half times more than in the same period in 2017.

Speaking about the prospects for the development of Trans-Siberian transportation, Mr. Belozyorov said that work is currently underway to develop the infrastructure of the BAM and Trans-Siberian, whose throughput should be increased to 180 million t by 2024.

As a result, the shipping of raw materials will move to the BAM, which will free up significant reserves for accelerated regular container services along the Trans-Siberian.

Thus, conditions will be created for a fourfold growth of transit container traffic, including a reduction in the time it takes to ship containers from the Far East to the western border of Russia in 7 days.

The head of JSC Russian Railways expressed confidence that additional cargo is attracted to the Trans-Siberian due to the digitalization of international rail transport as well.

“The introduction of the CIM/SMGS electronic consignment note and work on electronic documents with state regulatory authorities can be the greatest impetus to the development of the route,” said Mr. Belozyorov. He added that, as part of this work, Russian Railways and the Federal Customs Service of Russia have signed a joint action plan for the transition to electronic customs operations.

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