Freight News, Logistics

New link to Moscow

[ November 20, 2013   //   ]

MANP Terminal and forwarding and customs brokering company Avelana Logistics have launched the Ust-Luga Express, a new weekly rail service between Ust-Luga Container Terminal on the Baltic Sea and the MANP inland terminal, 45km south-west of Moscow.

The two companies say that the service is unusual in that it accepts shipments as small as a single container. MANP CEO, Maxim Tyomkin explained: We want to offer shippers with just one or two containers the same advantages as our bigger customers. The train is particularly attractive for shipments during the winter season, when road haulage is more expensive and risks of delays are high.”

The total price of intermodal transportation from  Ust-Luga to Moscow, using the train to MANP terminal, and road on-carriage is significantly lower than all-road delivery, he adds.

Transfers from the terminal to final consignees in Moscow are available and cargo is not subject to the heavy-weight surcharge, usually applicable on road.

The 120teu capacity train takes 36 hours, leaving every Saturday and arriving at MANP early on Monday morning and takes both bonded and unbonded cargo.

There has been significant investment in the facilities at MANP since it was acquired by Global Container Service (GCS) in 2006, with both rail and hard-standing infrastructure upgraded and bonding warehousing created.

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