Russian Railways OJSC and Global Ports signed an agreement on the implementation of joint activities for the processing of foreign trade cargo traffic. The document was signed on June 6 in the fields of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Starting the development of regular container routes is planned with six trains a week.
“Together with Global Ports, we intend to create regular container routes in the direction of Moscow, and now we estimate the potential of this line in the amount of about six trains a week,” Sea News agency quoted Vladimir Goloskokov as the head of the October Railway.
One of the areas of joint work of port workers and railway workers will be the development and implementation of a system for encouraging transit traffic using ports in the North-West and Far East of Russia via the Trans-Siberian route. In addition, it is planned to optimize the activity of the port stations in order to increase their carrying capacity.
A separate clause of the agreement includes the creation of conditions for electronic data interchange and the introduction of e-shipment and smart contract technologies. In addition, the parties plan to establish an exchange of statistical and analytical information, as well as integrated future development plans.
According to statistics from Russian Railways, for five months from the beginning of the year, shipments to seaports increased by 3.2% compared to the same period in 2018, exceeding 132.5 million tons. It was possible to increase results due to ore (+ 15.8%), coal (+ 11.4%) and oil (+ 3.4%). The most export in the reporting period was sent to the ports of the North-West - 54.3 million tons (+ 1.2%). However, the ports of the Far East showed the largest dynamics of increase in loading - 43.1 million tons (+ 6.7%).