Tuesday 6 February 2018

Russia: RZD Logistics and Ratraco dispatch first direct Russia-Vietnam rail shipment

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JSC RZD Logistics dispatched a test railway shipment from Russia to Vietnam in partnership with the Vietnamese operator Ratraco, a logistics company 35% owned by Vietnam Railways. This shipment is part of an agreement between Russian Railways and Vietnam Railways on bilateral cooperation and marks the launch of the Vietnam-Russia-Vietnam International Transport Corridor.

A container with cosmetics made by the Russian company “Red Line” departed from Freight Village Vorsino in the Kaluga region as a part of container train and arrived in Hanoi on 23 January. The shipment took 20 days to arrive, twice as fast as a standard shipment by sea. The cargo included shampoo for both adults and children, soap, shower gels, various scrubs, creams and masks for face and hair.
RZD Logistics was responsible for the general organisation of this multimodal transportation, providing at relatively short notice auto and container belonging to PJSC TransContainer which was loaded with products at the warehouse of the consignor.

RZD Logistics also organised the transportation of the goods to a railway station and freight forwarding across Russia. The RZD Logistics’ subsidiary Far East Land Bridge received the freight at the Manchuria-Zabaikalsk border point and supervised the transportation through China. Ratraco controlled the final stage of the shipment in Vietnam.

The timely and high-quality implementation of all stages of the project, from developing the route to searching for a client and partners, was facilitated by RZD Logistics’ competencies, which make it the only operator with the experience to launch such an international level service and in particular a new International Transport Corridor. The transport solution offered by RZD Logistics has several advantages for consignors, including short delivery times, a “one window service” and the guaranteed security of the cargo.

“We have covered the complete process from the initial idea to its implementation in a short time thanks to the efforts of our high-class specialists, who invested much of their time and effort into this project, even during New Year holidays. We are delighted to make our contribution to the development of trade relations between Russia and Vietnam, especially in such an important sphere as the export of Russian goods with high added value,” said the CEO of JSC RZD Logistics Viacheslav Valentik.

“We have been exporting our products for 15 years now and have been actively working on Asian markets recently. “Red Line” cosmetics are popular in the CIS and Baltic regions, as well as in European, Arab and Asian countries. This shipment was organised in order to coincide with the opening of our shop in Hanoi. The South-East Asia market has huge potential and is growing year by year, presenting us with a wide range of opportunities for future cooperation. Asia is a very diverse continent with regard to the wealth of its citizens and infrastructure development. It is also heavily-populated, which opens up great export opportunities for various goods, including our company’s products,” said Svetlana Marakhovskay, Managing Director of “Red Line” LLC.

JSC RZD Logistics was established on 19 November 2010 as part of the development of the logistics business within the Russian Railways (RZD) Holding. The Company provides a range of reliable services such as freight storage and forwarding all over the world, optimisation of supply chains, complex logistics services for production facilities and the container transportation of shot lots. Today RZD Logistics has 33 branches and branch offices in Russia and 5 subsidiaries and joint ventures abroad and employs 1,000 people.

(Source: RZD)

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