Where are the main flows of tank containers involving Russia?
This business has been ongoing for the past 15 years and all the major global and European tank container operators are involved. There are three main tank container flows in which Russia is involved:
1. International. Monthly volumes are approximately 3,000 loads and mainly come from northern Europe countries via the Rotterdam-St. Petersburg ports route. These are unloaded in the European part of Russia with backhauls along the same route. Cargoes are mostly chemicals but there are also food grade movements. Some volumes go via Novorossiysk port in the Black Sea - these are mostly imports into Russia of food grade products from southern European countries. Exports of Russian chemicals tend to go to Asia via the port of Vostochny, which is open to the Japan Sea. Part of the import volumes move directly by rail from Europe to Russia. This business has been ongoing for the past 15 years and all the major global and European tank container operators are involved. Active players include Hoyer, Stolt, Den Hartogh, Bertschi, NewPort and local
players such as Baltica-Trans, Qbex, Kricon. Most have their own Russian offices and facilities, which include trucks, steaming/cleaning stations etc).
2. Domestic. Monthly volumes are 15,000 loads. These are mostly by rail, replacing the old rail cisterns which have been taken out of operation. The cargo isonly chemicals. Destinations are....
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