The first container train connecting China to Russia’s Yekaterinburg arrived on Wednesday in the Ural’s capital. Fifty 40-tones containers transported telecommunications and construction equipment, power tools, consumer and other type of goods.
The new rail freight service is organized by TransContainer in cooperation with the Russian-Chinese joint venture Swift Multimodal Rus (part of the international group Swift Transport International Logistics Co. Ltd.). Under the cooperation agreement Russian Railways (RZD) is responsible for the freight transport on Russian territory and provides logistics infrastructure and rolling stock.
Containers from various Chinese cities (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Níngbo, Shanghai, Tianjin and Qingdao) arrive via the port of Yingkou to Shenyang where the train composition is formed.
The main advantages of the weekly service is delivery time (three times faster than by sea), with a guaranteed transit time of 10 days. Transport via the Manchuria-Zabaikalsk border crossing reduces the leading times by two or three times as compared to the routes via Far Eastern ports with further transportation of freight along the Trans-Siberian Railway.