China first refrigerated container train leaves for Moscow.

A new transport link between China and Russia.
A refrigerated container train carrying fruit and vegetables was dispatched from Dalian, China, last August en route to Orekhovo-Zuevo near Moscow, Russia, on an 8,600 km long line, with an anticipated journey time of 18 to 20 days, 60%shorter than the old route using sea and rail travel, marking the opening of a new transport link between the two countries.

The pilot shipment uses six 40 ft containers. These are connected to a diesel-generator wagon which powers the refrigeration system and maintains the internal temperature at the appropriate level to ensure the produce arrives in good condition.

There is considerable demand for “a stable supply” of Chinese produce in the Russian market, with the potential for three or four trains per week, each conveying up to eight 40 ft containers. This regular service could offer an “optimized” transit time of around 12 days.
It also believes the rail service would be competitive with road on price. As well as fresh produce, the refrigerated service would be suitable for frozen and chilled products, pharmaceutical goods and electronics.