The Russian Railways experiment affected growth of the railway container shipments market, states the Gudok publication. Simplification of the container cargo transportation request procedure, which was implemented by the Center of Corporate Transportation Services (CCTS), resulted in increase of container shipment volumes in Russia in 2016 to a record level – by over 10% vs. 2015.
Further growth of container transport may be hampered by infrastructure restrictions
"Internal shipments accounted for the major part of this increase, with their growth amounting to approx. 182 thousand TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit). Looking at import, export and transit, international shipments grew by about 120 thousand TEU," noted the Analytical Center expert Dmitry Chernenok in his interview with the Gudok correspondent.
He noted that the CCTS experiment on abandoning submission and approval of the GU-12 form cargo transportation request simplified customer access to railway transport services. "It reduced the transportation decision making time and improved the railway transport competitiveness," said Chernenok. Some customs procedures were simplified as well. For example, an early electronic declaration system was introduced at Zabaykalsk station, which allowed to reduce the time for container deliveries from China. "The border passage time at this section dropped to a bare minimum – from 2 days to 2-3 hours," clarified the expert.
Chernenok anticipates that the growth of container transportation in Russia may soon encounter infrastructure restrictions. "The weak development of terminal and logistics center network cannot ensure an increase in container turnover rate," emphasized the expert.