RZD Logistics JSC, the largest multimodal logistics operator, and UTLC ERA JSC (United Transport and Logistics Company Eurasian Rail Alliance) have begun to carry out shipments of sanctioned goods from Europe to China in transit through Russia using electronic «seals».
The first cargo - frozen salmon - was transported from the Netherlands to Duisburg on the «first mile», from where it was sent to China by rail on March 21. At present, it has already crossed the Russian border and will proceed as part of an accelerated container train to Xi'an, from where it will be trucked to Shanghai.
This test shipment was implemented by RZD Logistics in close cooperation with the Federal Customs Service, Rostransnadzor, reliable foreign partners and structures of Russian Railways Holding, as well as with FELB, a subsidiary of RZD Logistics; the Xian - Duisburg train was operated by DBO Bahnoperator GmbH. The refrigerated container transportation route passes through Belarus and Kazakhstan along one of the UTLC ERA base routes. The attachment of electronic seals will be carried out in Smolensk, and the removal at Kartaly station.
«The demand for foreign food is growing in China. This is largely due to an increase in consumption and purchasing power among the population of the PRC, and the emergence of a «middle class» in the country. Europe, as a shipper, is also interested in these shipments, our services open up new market opportunities for them to deliver their goods in the best possible safety and in a guaranteed time. Soon, we will also test the shipment of transit cargo along the Northern transit route through Zabaikalsk», Dmitry Murev, General Director of RZD Logistics JSC.