In mid-May, the first shipment of MSC containers was moved from Vostochniy to St. Petersburg in Russia by rail on MSC’s Taiga service, as part of a new regular intermodal solution from Asia to Europe, which was launched in April, according to MSC’s release.
In recent years, there has been a growing number of shippers moving containers from east to west over land, including a surge in cargo originating in China bound for Europe via rail. Against the backdrop of this trend, MSC launched this intermodal solution which combines MSC’s intra-Asia shipping network, rail service in Russia and MSC’s short-sea feeder network in Europe.
Shippers can now rely on MSC’s Golden Horn and Sunrise services to ship cargo from China, Korea and Japan to two of the largest container ports in Russia, Vostochniy and Vladivostok. The cargo is then transported via rail on MSC’s Taiga service to St. Petersburg in 13 days and can then be transshipped via MSC’s Maroc Express and Baltic Loop 7 services to other North-West Continent and northern European ports such as Antwerp, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam and Le Havre in four to seven days.
“Customer response for this new solution has been very positive, and the volume is currently high enough so we can run dedicated blocktrains to St. Petersburg, instead of relying on existing rail schedules. This means added flexibility for our customers, which is much appreciated in these challenging times,” said Caroline Becquart, Senior Vice President and head of Asia & 2M service network.