Russian Railways Logistics launched its own dispatch control center in the SEZ "Alabuga" located in Tatarstan, Central Russia. The company aims at providing operational control of logistics services for Ford Sollers Elabuga on the territory of the SEZ.
Container trains with the cargo for the SEZ resident are forwarded by rail to Tikhonovo station of Kuibyshev Railway, the closest to the SEZ. RZD Logistics provides locomotive fleet operations control and wagon delivery in accordance with the daily schedule from Tikhonovo station to the SEZ terminal via low traffic route. Other functions of the center are control over planning optimization, customs clearance, timely reception and dispatch of the container trains. RZD Logistics team coordinates SEZ "Alabuga" container terminal operations, provides information support, communicates with RZDL separate subdivisions, customs authorities and other parties involved in the transportation process.
Ford Sollers Elabuga is the first client of RZDL in the SEZ, for which Russian Railways Logistics developed complex logistics scheme, which currently allows to increase container handling twice to 240 TEUs per day.
Container provision is organized in close cooperation with the Kuibyshev railroad, the management of which is interested in the development of logistics services on this route. According to Igor Kireev, the Head of Outbound Logistics at Ford Sollers Elabuga, coordinated work of all participants of the transportation process will allow to reduce both time spent on forwarding and loading, thereby will improve car turnaround rate and reduce transportation cost.
The partnership with Ford Sollers Elabuga is planned until the end of 2014 with the preliminary transportation load of 50,000 TEUs.