RZD Logistics has started testing refrigeration technology for rail transport of perishable goods from China to Russia.
The first refrigerated container train carrying fruit and vegetables left Dalian on 8th August and is expected to arrive at Orekhovo-Zuevo station of Moscow railway in 18-20 days.
The first shipment of six 40-ft containers was organised in cooperation with PJSC “TransContainer”. During the journey containers are connected to a diesel-generator wagon to maintain the temperature.
RZD Logistics service includes door-to-door delivery with minimum transport time. It eliminates the need for long-term storage and reloading of goods.
It reckons that transit time could be optimised to 12 days – 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.
The new service is suitable for transport of frozen and chilled products, pharmaceutical goods and electronics.