China's first refrigerated container train that departed from Dalian to Russia last month successfully arrived in Russia. The train consisted of 6 refrigerated containers filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, including Hebei fresh pears, Guangdong honey pomelo, and Shandong garlic. It is reported that these fresh fruits and vegetables arrived in good quality, and have been successfully cleared and sent to terminal sales.
The smooth arrival of the experimental refrigerated container train marks the establishment of a new link for the transportation of refrigerated and frozen products between China and Russia. In addition to fruits and vegetables, refrigerated container trains can also be used to transport frozen and refrigerated goods.
This full refrigerated container transit train traveled 8,600 kilometers from Dalian to Russia. If the utilization of trains reaches a peak, an average of four reefer container trains consisting of eight 40-foot containers can be operated per week. Although the trial run of the train took 16 days, after upgrading all technical processes, the train transportation time can be optimized to 12 days, which is faster than shipping. This is of great significance to the future bilateral trade between the two countries.
In addition, empty trucks returning to China from Russia have brought business opportunities for Russian goods to be exported to China. Most of Russia's food can now be exported to China without refrigeration, such as flour, grains, sunflower oil, chocolate, wine, etc. A few products that require cold chain transportation, such as meat, can make good use of this refrigerated train.