"The situation has changed": the Japanese intend to use the transit possibilities of Russia

The Ministry of Transport of Japan decided to launch several pilot transit projects for the delivery of container and other goods to Europe through the territory of Russia along the Trans-Siberian Railway. Experimental transportation should be carried out in November-December 2020 without reloading, writes the Japanese Internet portal Yahoo News Japan.

During the existence of the USSR, and specifically in the 80s of the twentieth century, 20% of all goods from Japan were sent to Europe via the Transsib. This route was faster and cheaper than the sea route, not to mention the delivery of goods by air. After the collapse of the USSR and the unpredictability of the situation, in the 90s, the volume of goods sent from Japan to Europe along this transport corridor decreased 40 times.

Now the situation has changed. The situation in Russia has improved significantly in all respects. The safety, speed and quality of railways have increased. That is why in 2018 Japan and Russia started a project to deliver Japanese goods via the Trans-Siberian Railway to Moscow, and in 2019 to Europe. During the specified time interval, 11 "block trains" passed.

After analyzing the results obtained, experts came to the conclusion that this project has a good economic efficiency. In the course of the above experiment, it is planned to send three "block trains" from Japanese ports.

On November 6 from Yokohama, November 8 from Kobe and November 12 from Toyama, the trains will be sent to the Russian port of Vladivostok by ferries. On November 18, they will leave Vladivostok and head along the Transsib through Moscow and Belarusian Brest to the Malashevichi station in Poland. After that, the Ministry of Transport of Japan must make a decision on using the transit capabilities of Russia for the implementation of regular cargo transportation to Europe, the portal concluded.
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  1. Evgraff Offline Evgraff
    Evgraff (Oleg) 5 November 2020 20: 18
    I think these containers will need to be checked for spy bugs
    1. Pandiurin Offline Pandiurin
      Pandiurin (Pandiurin) 6 November 2020 10: 57
      How do you imagine that.
      An iron transit container, sealed, cannot be enlightened, and if you open and inspect all the boxes, you need the presence of the sender or recipient, you need to organize a customs zone where all this will be defended. How to affect the delivery time and price who will pay for the damage to the goods and their loss.

      In addition, transport companies everywhere use legal active "bugs" with GPS and transmission of coordinates over the mobile GSM network to track cargo. Such a bug makes much more electronic noise than a real passive spy.

      If such a traffic flow, no one will check anything for bugs, except for the radiation background and some kind of chemical contamination in the whole carriage with the container.
  2. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 5 November 2020 20: 19
    And I want to eat! And the Kurils immediately receded into the background.
  3. Afinogen Offline Afinogen
    Afinogen (Afinogen) 5 November 2020 20: 20
    The Ministry of Transport of the country of the "rising sun" has decided to launch several pilot transit projects for the delivery of container and other cargo to Europe

    They woke up late there, Chinese goods were already overwhelmed, and they are two to three times cheaper than Japanese ones.
  4. It would be nice to build a bridge from Sakhalin to Hokkaido!
    1. Joker62 Offline Joker62
      Joker62 (Ivan) 6 November 2020 05: 38
      And we have a bridge from Sakhalin to the mainland ???? Here's something and it. First, you need to build a bridge from the mainland to Sakhalin Island, and only then, in the future, build a bridge to Japan.
      If by this time, there will be no natural disasters, like going under water.
      1. And from Sakhalin to the mainland it is NECESSARY to build a bridge. And let the Japanese build from Hokkaido to Sakhalin!
  5. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 6 November 2020 19: 04
    "The situation has changed": the Japanese intend to use the transit possibilities of Russia

    - The day before yesterday ... - all these events ...
    - And what kind of goods can Japan flood Europe with today ???
    - All this is a filthy letter ... -that is in vain to strain our Russian railway ...
    - Well, if it comes to that ... then ... then ... then it is more profitable for Russia today to drive its round timber (raw materials) along the railway to all parts of the world, including Europe ... - since Russia has never in 20 years she managed to produce anything herself and supply the whole world herself ... - even by steamers; even by planes; even by rail; even on a sled dog sled ...
    - And no "Japanese supplies" to Europe will save the stunted Russian economy ... - sheer babble ... - it's high time to understand this ...