The first refrigerated container train carrying fruit and vegetables left Dalian on August 8, 2016. It is expected to arrive at Orekhovo-Zuevo station of Moscow railway in 18-20 days.
The first shipment in the total amount of 6 40-ft containers was organized in cooperation with PJSC "TransContainer".
RZD Logistics service includes door-to-door delivery with minimum transportation time. It eliminates the need for long-term storage and reloading of goods.
En route containers are connected to a diesel-generator wagon to maintain the temperature necessary for preservation of the goods quality.
It is possible to optimize the delivery time to 12 days in prospect, which is three times shorter than carriage of goods by sea. Yet the cost of rail transport is competitive with road transport due to the minimal cost of delivery through the territory of China.
According to Alexander Baskakov, RZD Logistics deputy sales director, shipping of perishable goods in refrigerated containers by rail is a fundamentally new technology in China.
Nobody used it previously due to the lack of transport solutions and the proper rolling stock in China. This technology fully meets RZD Logistics customers 'priorities, which are high speed of delivery and safety of goods".
Nowadays the Russian market is highly interested in the stable supply of vegetables and fruits. China supplies are ready to offer regular shipping – about 3-4 trains of 8 40-foot containers weekly.
The new service is suitable for transportation of frozen and chilled products, pharmaceutical goods and electronics.