Rapeseed oil on the rails: RCG and FESCO make it happen

11. 05. 2020

The Chinese market is one of the most up-and-coming when it comes to the export of Russian goods, especially food. Comprehensive logistics packages with end-to-end logistics solutions are therefore becoming increasingly significant for the Chinese market. Two strong logistics partners have now launched a logistics concept for rapeseed oil deliveries by rail.

The Rail Cargo Group in Russia has already been relying on international rail, container and truck transport services to Russia, Turkey and even as far as China for many years. And for every industry sector. In order to implement sustainable and efficient logistics solutions and to expand environmentally friendly container transport from Siberia to China, an agreement was signed last year with both FESCO Transportation Group, the largest intermodal transport company in Russia, and the Russian export centre at the Economic Forum in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.

From Siberia to China

Rail Cargo Group and FESCO Transport Group jointly organized the first multimodal transport of rapeseed oil in containers equipped with flexi-tanks from Krasnoyarsk, the third largest city in Siberia, to the Chinese port of Nantong. A 216-tonne container shipment from Krasnoyarsk on the Trans-Siberian Railway to the port of Nantong, Jiangsu Province in China was transported by rail.

The ten containers and the rapeseed oil loaded in flexi-tanks were first transported by rail from the terminal in Krasnoyarsk to the Port of Vladivostok on the Pacific coast of Russia. The regular sea line FESCO China Express then took the containers to the port of Shanghai, where they were transported by barge on the river to the Port of Nantong.

The rapeseed oil reached its destination on 17th March after 35 days in transit.