Travel time was 23 days, including time for customs procedures at border gates. The time is only equal to half of that by sea, while the cost is much cheaper than by air.
Viacheslav Kharinov, Chief Representative of the Russian Trade Office in Vietnam, said this is an important milestone in the two countries’ trading activities as container transportation services by train will help facilitate the travel of goods, thus contributing to increasing import-export turnover.
The train route is part of an agreement between the Russian Railways (represented by RZD Logistics) and Vietnam Railways (represented by Rail Transport and Trading Company- RATRACO). The two sides are working to cut travel time to 18 days.
Recently, Vietnam Railways launched several container train routes connecting Hanoi and China’s Nanchang, Nanning and Guangzhou.
RATRACO said that it will open new routes linking Vietnam and China’s Qingdao, Shenglong and Wuhan cities, and test the operation of several container trains to the country’s Chengdu to facilitate the export of Vietnamese goods to Europe such as Duisburg of Germany and Malaszewicze of Poland.