Out of the total, China-bound shipments amounted to 78,268 TEUs (+27% year-on-year), while to-Europe traffic toted up to 56,921 twenty-footers (+45% yoy).
Alexey Grom, President, United Transport and Logistics Company - Eurasian Rail Alliance (UTLC ERA), commented on the results, "I would especially like to mention the record-breaking speed of our trains along the infrastructure of the 1,520 mm rail gauge. At the end of the first six months of this year it was consistently about 1,100 km/day, which made it possible to reduce the transit time of containerized cargo delivery via our basic route from Dostyk to Brest up to 5 days, and in some weeks even up to 4.8 days, which is the minimum figure over the entire history of company operations."He continued, "The speed variable and such factors as safety and reliability of railway transit provide the competitive edge of our services, making it possible to attract new customers in the first six months of 2019. These customers are both from the high-priced premium car segment and from less expensive, but more large-scale segments of consumer goods and food industries."