Freight Charges of “Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe” in Russia Expected to Go Down
“With an increasing volume of freight, the customer of Russian Railways will play a bigger role, so we consider giving discounts for the freight.” said Anatoly, Manager of Gorky Branch of Russian Railway Container Corporation interviewed by the reporter form Chongqing Daily on August 24, at Nizhny Novgorod railway station. Therefore, the price of the freight of entire Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe is expected to be further reduced.
According to Anatoly, in recent years, with the development of trade and economic relationship with Russia, and trade relations between China and Russia, more and more Chinese goods are distributed in Nizhny Novgorod under the administration of Gorky Branch. The annual growth rate reaches about 8%. In the first half of this year, the total volume of cargos that arrived in Nizhny Novgorod Railway Station is 2,627 containers of goods, among which 846 containers had goods from China, accounting for nearly 1/3. Those Chinese goods are mainly building materials, automobiles, daily necessities and chemical products.
It is introduced that facing an increasing number of Chinese goods, the Russian Railway has made great efforts to improve the quality of freight service. For example, when Chinese goods reach Nizhny Novgorod Railway Station, it takes at most 2 days and nights from entering the warehouse to finishing customs examination and is faster than that of other countries.
Generally speaking, however, among the countries along the route of Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe Railway, the freight charge of Russia is the highest, up to 0.6 USD per kilometer, which excludes service charges for other items. In Kazakhstan, the freight charge is only 0.4 USD per kilometer.
Anatoly asserted that the Russian Railways have different freight charges for differently-sized customers. For example, among 7200 customers of Gorky Branch, 500 large key customers are given special discounts. With and increasing quantity of freight, Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe Railway is expected to serve the key customers and enjoy more discounts.