Russian railway monopoly RZD has launched two new services connecting the Russian Far East with Moscow in a bid to foster growth in trade with Japan.
According to a report in the Journal of Commerce, the two new services are known as Transsib for Seven Days and the Baikal Shuttle. The services travel 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) per day and leave from the Nakhodka-Vostochnaya rail yard. To boost interest in the service, RZD will offer subsidies ranging from 15 to 60 percent depending on the type of container, seasonality, and other factors.
The new services should save shippers 15 to 20 percent on costs and 17 days in transit time compared with sea transport through Baltic ports to reach Moscow, according to Russian Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov
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