RZD Logistics JSC, SNCF Forwardis (a subsidiary of SNCF, the national company of French railways), Cosco group, and UTLC JSC organize the delivery of medical devices from Nanchang (Jiangxi Province, East China) to Paris.
A train consisting of 41 forty-foot containers with a cargo of medical supplies (40 million medical masks, gloves, gowns, gel dispensers and other protective equipment for hospital staff) departed from Nanchang Central Station on June 4, the arrival in Paris is expected in 20 days, which is twice as fast as by sea and at times cheaper than air delivery.
The train will follow the “southern” transit route through Kazakhstan, which is operated by UTLC. Forwarding on the territory of China will be provided by Chinese companies Cosco and CRCT, on the territory of 1520 gauge area - RZD Logistics, on the territory of Europe - SNCF Forwardis. The coordinator of negotiations between partners in China and Europe was FELB (a subsidiary of RZD Logistics).
"RZD Logistics has the unique experience of organizing, in a short time, the international shipping of medical devices to fight COVID-19. In May, in coordination with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, as part of the ongoing procurement work in China, the most popular range of personal protective equipment delivered cargo from China to various cities of Russia. Thanks to our services, medical institutions in Yekaterinburg, Moscow, and Novosibirsk received more than 200 million masks, as well as protective suits, dispensers for antiseptics, and other equipment. Now we are ready to scale the acquired skills and guarantee the shipment of medical goods to Europe based on the optimal ratio of delivery speed and cost of transportation,” Dmitry Murev, General Director of RZD Logistics JSC.