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Ruscon launches dedicated train from Ust-Luga to carry Volkswagen CKD parts

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M/v Anina at Ust-Luga port discharging containers for Ruscon’s dedicated train service of VW parts

M/v Anina at Ust-Luga port discharging containers for Ruscon’s dedicated train service of VW parts

Ruscon, one of Russia’s leading container transport operators, has launched a new block train from Ust-Luga port to Nizhniy Novgorod to supply the Volkswagen assembly plant located there.

The dedicated trains, carrying 54 x 40’ containers of CKD parts, will leave the port on the Russian Baltic four times a week, taking two and a half days to reach Nizhniy Novgorod.

“The volumes are big enough and business is sufficiently regular to justify a dedicated operation, ” explains Andrey Naraevskiy, Director Liner and Business Development. Ruscon expects to carry 700-800 40’ containers a month on the service.

The containers, which originate from production plants in Mexico, arrive at Ust-Luga on a new weekly feeder service launched by Hapag-Lloyd in May.

Ruscon is using its own 80’ flat cars, part of the fleet of 224 new rail cars it invested in last year in order to help it win more intermodal traffic. The company already runs block trains from Ust-Luga to Nizhniy Novgorod carrying parts for General Motors (Korea) Ltd to a plant operated by Russian motor manufacturer GAZ.

“We have the equipment, the experience and the expertise to ensure that the parts arrive as scheduled at the Volkswagen assembly plant, ” says Naraevskiy.

“We understand how important it is that the parts arrive on time to keep the assembly lines running smoothly.”

Ruscon, part of the Global Container Service (GCS) Group, handles over 200, 000 TEU a year and also offers freight forwarding, storage, terminal handling and bonded trucking.

Global Container Service (GCS) has worked successfully in the Russian container market since 1995. Beginning in the liner agency, today it counts among the top ten container transport companies in Russia and the CIS.

GCS belongs to one of Russia’s largest transport holding companies, Delo, which also owns several terminal assets in the port of Novorossiysk.

Presently the GCS Group consists of seven companies in various fields of container shipping such as agency, logistics and terminal operations. It is active in all of the major container ports and provinces of Russia, as well as neighbouring CIS countries and overseas.

In the near future, the group plans to expand further its existing companies and add new ones in order to match the growing demand for professional transport services in Russia, the CIS and further afield. A strategic target of GCS is to triple the volume of revenue and double its container throughput over the next five years. That will be achieved through consolidation of its vertically-integrated systems for seamless delivery of containers to any destination in Russia and world-wide. In embracing that challenge GCS firmly relies on its 900+ staff and close partnerships with leading Russian and international transport companies.


Ruscon is one of the leading transport operators in the Russian container industry today, being the multimodal branch of GCS. Its experienced team, counting more than 1000 people in nine offices throughout Russia and CIS, handles over 200, 000TEU a year.

Based on a combination of GCS-owned facilities and cooperation with leading international and Russian logistics providers, Ruscon manages cross-border and cross-continent product flows to and from Russia. The company renders comprehensive solutions in arranging ocean freight, deliveries by truck and train, terminal handling, storage and forwarding.

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