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Russian companies RZD Logistics, a subsidiary of Russian Railways, and FESCO have tested launched a new multimodal route. It combines three modes of transportation: shipping, railway and lorry. The new route connects the Republic of Korea with the European Union via the Trans-Siberian railway.
The test container was departed from the South Korean port of Pusan on 25 June. FESCO delivered it to the Commercial Port of Vladivostok (also a part of FESCO Group). The Russian company used its own shipping line FESCO Korea Express (FKXP) that connects Pusan and Vladivostok. Another participant, RZD Logistics, organised the delivery of the container to the Brest railway station in Belarus. At this border station, the freight was transshipped to the rolling stock running on the 1,435-millimetre gauge and then was transported by rail to the Brzeg Dolny railway station, located 30 kilometres northwest from Wrocław. The final delivery was provided by the lorry: it carried the container from Brzeg-Dolny to the customer’s warehouse in Wrocław.
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Multimodal route from South Korea to Europe, source: RZD Logistics.
The entire transit time was 21 days, which is two times faster than by maritime route via the Suez Canal. RZD Logistics declared that the delivery time could be reduced to 19 days. “A test delivery from Japan to Europe by Trans-Siberian LandBridge service demonstrated the viability of the route through the Commercial Port of Vladivostok and the Trans-Siberian railway. The customers made sure of its safety and quality and saw the rail delivery is faster than deep-sea transportation. Now we offer to our clients from the Republic of Korea to assess economical efficiency of the transit service,” CEO of RZD Logistics Vyacheslav Valentik said.
Railway bridge to Japan
The multimodal route between South Korea and Europe is the second one being tested in recent months. At the end of May RZD Logistics and FESCO have tried a container delivery from Japan to Poland via similar multimodal service. FESCO supplied the container from the Japanese port of Yokohama to Vladivostok by sea, then it was transported to Wrocław, Poland, by rail. The test delivery was provided in 19 days. The maritime route via the Suez Canal usually takes 45 days. RZD Logistics and FESCO consider that the new service has a big potential and intend to make it the regular. The freight traffic between Japan and Europe amounts to 3 million TEUs per year.
This article first appeared on www.railfreight.com
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