25 Dec 2017 19:26

TransContainer, partners start transporting cargo between Urumqi, Rotterdam

MOSCOW. Dec 25 (Interfax) - TransContainer , working with partners, has started multimodal transportation of cargo between Urumqi in China and Rotterdam.

"The first train departed from Urumqi on December 12 with 41 forty-foot containers. Loading for sea transportation will be carried out at the port of Kotka [Finland] with the subsequent delivery of containers to Rotterdam," the Russian rail operator said. The train will pass through Kazakhstan.

The project uses TransContainer containers, loaded in Europe before arrival in Urumqi. Flatcars are being provided by Kedentransservice, a joint venture (JV) between TransContainer and JSC National Company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy.

TransContainer owns and operates almost 71,000 high capacity containers and 24,000 flatcars to carry them, and has a network of terminals in Russia (at 43 stations) and Slovakia. TransContainer also owns 50% of Kedentransservice, which has 19 railway terminals in Kazakhstan. Unified Transport Logistics Company (UTLC), which is 99.84% owned by Russian Railways, owns 50% plus two shares in TransContainer and FESCO Group owns 25.07% and a Roman Abramovic and Alexander Abramov firm owns 24.5%.