The creation of necessary conditions for accommodating the growing transport demand on Europe – Asia route represents a priority for transport, said Oleg Belozerov, President of Russian Railways, at the International Conference Railway Business at Transit Speed (Shanghai, China).

Russian Railways is actively involved in the integration of Baikal-Amur Railway (BAM) and Trans-Siberian Railway (Transsib) in the international transport corridors, enhancing cooperation with international partners from Asia and Europe. In 2015, the volume of traffic on the Trans-Siberian Railway reached over 113 million tons (+ 3.9% y.o.y). The volume of container traffic significantly increased by 57% (compared to 2010), and amounted to almost 504 thousand containers TEU.

According to Russian Railways, transit traffic on the Trans-Siberian makes up about 1.5% of the total volume of foreign trade operations. In 2015, 113 million tons of foreign trade goods was shipped on the line, of which 106.5 million tons was exports, 4.8 million tons was imports, and 1.7 million tons was transit. From 2008 to 2015 about 8 million tons of cargo total was transported in transit traffic on the Trans-Siberian Railway. At the same time, in 2015 the volume of transit cargo increased 1.7 times over 2008. Over the past seven years, Russian Railways has provided the transit transportation of 600 000 TEU of containers. During this time, traffic grew more than 3.5 times. In 2015, 109 000 TEU of containers has been shipped in transit traffic on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Two of Russian Railways main product are Transsib in 7 days and Baikal shuttle. The first one is a complex of technological measures to ensure the rapid delivery of containers from Far East ports to the western borders of Russia. In 2015 the railway network transported more than 9000 accelerated container trains, which means there is demand for this type of transport. These trains reach a speed of 1200 km per day. Within the framework of the “Trans-Siberian in 7 Days” project, the iSales online service, which is a service system of sales through the Internet, has been put into operation. The online service allows you to minimize the time it takes to place an order for cargo transportation on the Trans-Siberian Railway. iSales is available to any consumer for the transport of goods in containers.It greatly simplifies the ordering process and saves the customer’s time, functioning as an online store.

Russian Railways is actively working to create new terminal facilities and improve logistic schemes for the delivery of goods, including transit traffic. With this in mind, the new Baikal Shuttle has been put on the market to transport goods from Japan and other Asian countries from the port of Yokohama to Moscow. The project allows one to transport goods “door to door” on a regular basis adhering a strict schedule, reduce the price gap in the delivery of containerized cargo by up to $100 from the port of Yokohama to Moscow in comparison with the cost of alternative transport by sea through the ports of the Baltic Sea, and reduce delivery time from 42 to 25 days.

In the near future, Russian Railways will launch a completely new range of high-quality products, stated Belozerov.

By Think Railways