Logistics operators in the Russian capital of Moscow are seeking to shape the city into a transport hub for China-Europe freight trains, which have been growing rapidly in number as the Belt & Road Initiative gathering pace.

The Berelast Logistics Center, located 30 km north of Moscow, serves as a logistics hub handling cargo storage, transfer, customs clearance and delivery.

The logistics center has been jointly built by Liaoning Port Group and Russian Railways since 2017, which ushered in its first freight train coming from Shenyang City, capital of northeast China’s Liaoning Province in July this year.

Since the center was put into use on December 27 last year, the center has seen cargo transport volume increase month by month, with a current average dispatch of two trains in three days.

“So far, we have handled more than 25,000 containers. Looking to the curve of our progress, we have hit 10 percent of the annual target in the first quarter of this year, 40 percent by the second quarter, and will soon hit 50 percent in the third quarter,” said Sergey Grishin, deputy general manager of administration with the Berelast Logistics Center.

Cooperation between Chinese & Russian Enterprises has been normal amid the COVID-19 Pandemic thanks to the efficient Operation of the China-Europe Freight Trains

“We will launch the trial of Europe-bound freight trains departing from Moscow and passing Kaliningrad, as well as the trains returning along this route. Trains setting off from Kaliningrad can run between European countries including Austria and Slovakia, thus create a China-Europe rail freight corridor passing through the Berelast logistics hub,” Grishin added.

“The amount of China-Europe freight trains has continued to increase and surpassed the combined amount of all other means of transportation,” said Oleg Belozyorov, president of Russian Railways.

The smooth operation of freight trains from China to Europe empowered global economic recovery and production resumption in the post-pandemic era.