Rail freight traffic between Europe and China is now in full swing again. Did you know that European fresh products has been rolling through Russia again since March?
Why is this route important? The Russian government announced in summer 2019 that it would lift the ban on land transport of previous sanctioned goods such as fresh food and agricultural products. The decision is considered a major breakthrough for Eurasian rail freight traffic.
The transit of the products described was banned since August 2014 when originating from Europe, Norway, the US, Canada or Australia. The ban has had great impact on rail freight traffic between Europe and Asia, as Russia is one of the main transit countries on the New Silk Road. Until now, agricultural products, raw materials and foodstuffs could only be transported to China via routes bypassing Russia, resulting in much longer transit times.
Here an overview: China Express DraGo