Trial trains from Zibo Creating New Option to Russia

On Monday, the 12th of November 2018, a new trial train departed westbound from Zibo in the Shandong Province of China on its journey via Erlian to the Seliatino terminal near Moscow, Russia. This train marks the first ever cargo transported by FELB on this route. A second train is scheduled to depart on the 30th of November and a 3rd train to leave in December. The currently in-transit train is carrying a combination of equipment, consumer goods, machinery with an estimated transit time of 14 to 16 days.

These trial trains are an effort by FELB to establish a fast new route, with a weekly service, beginning in April of 2019 to Russia. These public trains will offer a new connection to Zibo previously only reachable via pre-carriage options. FELB plans on using both the Seliatino and Vorsino terminals in the future with Seliatino being used for the Zibo service only. The new route will enable FELB to offer clients FCL as well as LCL services for cargo originating from large cities across China.

The reason for adding Seliatino as a destination terminal is due to it having both LCL and reefer warehouses. Also, in January 2019, Seliatino will have their own customs post which other terminals in the Moscow region do not have. For the Zibo terminal, it consistently offers good railway rates and is situated in the Shandong province with access to the very large manufacturing areas of Hebei, Dalian, Beijing, Tianjin and Qingdao. Also, the Shandong province is one of the largest producer of fruits and vegetable for China and the export of these items to Russia is very prospective. In general, the service of dry and reefer containers from Shandong to Moscow has a massive potential for future growth.

In the 3rd quarter of 2019, FELB plans on launching reefer services vial this route and also eventually extending the service to Europe as well.

If you would like to take advantage of these trial trains and the future service, you can contact our Russian sales department for more information at: