The transit time for containers between Russia and India will be twice reduced thanks to a recent agreement between the countries to launch a new multimodal container route, said Russian Railways JSC on February 15th.
The majority of containers from India currently reach Russia via sea transportation. Containers traveling to Moscow from Jawaharlal Nehru Port in India take about 40 days to reach their destination. The new intermodal route involving marine, rail, and road transport will reduce transit time to 20 days, and eventually 14 days in the near future.
North-South transport corridor is intended to connect Northern Europe to Southeastern Asia. It will serve as a link to connect the railways of Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia.
The route is expected to be launched in the middle of March. It is planned that RZD Logistics, the logistics arm of the Russian national railway RZD, will operate the new route.
Stakeholders have already agreed to set competitive tariffs on the new route that will not exceed $3,000 per container.
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