Finland transports a record number of containers through Russia from China in 2021

Finland has transported a record number of containers by rail from China via Russia since the beginning of 2021, major freight operator Nurminen Logistics said on Tuesday.

“The one millionth container arrived from China to Europe in 2021, crossing Russia today. The Nurminen Logistics train from Chongqing, China, arrived at the Vuosaari port in Helsinki,” the company explained. As a result, the volume of Russian container transit traffic through the country’s railway network has reached 1 million TEUs this year.

Operator Nurminen Logistics launched goods trains via Russia to China in 2020 with the participation of China’s YuXinOu (Chongqing) Logistics, Russian Railways and its subsidiaries. The trains carry freight in both export and import directions.

As the Finnish business daily Kauppalehti points out, this year there has been a “flow” of customers from maritime transport to rail transport due to the Suez Canal situation in May and June, but high utilisation of railway hubs, border crossings and port facilities has led to longer transit times along the route.

According to the Finnish business community, in the past, shipping time from Asia to Finland was two weeks when there were no such problems, but now the process can take up to a month or more.