New Truck Route to Connect China and Russia

Next month a new roadway connecting Russia and China via Mongolia will be opened, according to the Journal of Commerce.

The route will cut 1,400 kilometers and four days from the transit between southern China and the European portion of Russia, and a rule change will cut costs by allowing Russian trucks deeper into Chinese territory.

The rule change allows Russian trucks to hauled cargo as far into China as the port city of Tianjin and capital of Beijing. Russian trucks were previously barred from traveling that deep into China, so shipments had to be transshipped or placed with a new carrier once they crossed the Chinese border, according to the Russian Association of Auto Carriers.

The new route, which will pass through and connect the cities of Ulan-Ude, Russia; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and Tianjin, China, brings the number of trucking corridors connecting Russia and China to four, according to Maxim Sokolov, Russia’s minister of transportation.

The other corridors pass through Blagoveshchensk in Russia’s Far East, the southeastern Trans-Baikal Territory, and Kazakhstan.

The new transit options between the two countries is expected to provide a boost to their container trade. Shippers will welcome the new routing option as the volume of cargo trucks hauled between Russia and China has risen significantly in recent years.

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