Container Terminal Handling

Container handling services provided by the Company at its own terminals include loading to, and unloading from rail transport and motor vehicles, as well as container sorting and storage, which is complemented by additional container and containerised cargo terminal services (such as preparing containers for loading, loading/unloading cargo to/from containers, container sealing, specialised container handling, etc.).

Terminal Handling in Russia

In 2018, the volumes handled at the Company’s container terminals in Russia decreased by 1.1% to 1,279.2 thousand TEUs, including 1,278.5 thousand TEUs of ISO containers. The share of medium-capacity containers in the total volume of terminal handling services was negligible in 2018 due to the nearly complete retirement of this type of container equipment from Russian Railways network.

The relatively slow growth of handling volumes for ISO containers at the Company’s terminals as compared to the overall growth in the container market resulted from the increasing share of domestic and export volumes originating directly at the shippers’ sidings, and closing in 2H 2017 the Moskva-Tovarnaya-Kurskaya and Moskva-Tovarnaya-Paveletskaya terminals, which are located within the Little Ring of the Moscow Railway, in compliance with the Moscow Government's decision.

Container Handling Volumes at the Company’s Terminals in Russia (ISO + medium-capacity containers) for 2014-2018, ‘000 TEU
Source: Company data

In September, Transcontainer completed a deal to acquire a 100% share in CJSC Logistics-Terminal. The Company’s assets were supplemented by multifunctional logistics centre, which would ensure the full range of container and general cargoes handling services. CJSC Logistics-Terminal  is located 17 km from the Big Port of St. Petersburg in Shushary industrial area. It is the first Russian “dry port” with a high-duty fleet of handling equipment, well-developed railroad approach and the direct access to the public motor/railroads including to Moscow – St Petersburg highway (M10). Pushkinsky customs point operates at Logistics-Terminal.

Transcontainer organised the regular services on the base of CJSC Logistics-Terminal in the following directions:
  • Khabarovsk (Khabarovsk Station)
  • St Petersburg (Shushary Station)
  • Nakhodka-Vostochnaya
  • Vladivostock (Pervaya Rechka Station)
  • Ekaterinburg (Ekaterinburg-Tovarniy Station)
  • Irkutsk (Batareynaya Station)
  • Krasnoyarsk (Bazaiha Station)
  • Novosibirsk (Kleshchyha Station)
Volume of Containers Handled, ‘000 TEU
Item 2017 2018
Total 347.7 357.3
by rail
139 142.3
general cargoes, thousand tonnes 655.7 678.7

In July 2017, the Company purchased a 30% stake in Freight Village Kaluga North, owner and operator of terminal assets in two industrial parks, Vorsino (north of the Kaluga Region, adjacent to New Moscow) and Rosva (near Kaluga). By acquiring a share in Freight Village Kaluga North’s capital, the Company integrated state-of-the-art terminal and logistics centres into its network and secured the opportunity to develop additional customs brokerage and bonded warehouse capabilities, and to ramp up freight volumes by engaging Vorsino and Rosva residents.

The collaboration allowed to expand the client base for goods transportation with customs and brokerage processing on TransContainer services to the Central Federal District.

Terminal Handling Abroad

In 2018, the Company held a 50% stake in Kedentransservice, Kazakhstan’s leading private provider of terminal services. Kedentransservice operates 19 freight terminals across Kazakhstan and transshipment facilities at Dostyk and Altynkol border crossings (Kazakhstan-China border).

In 2018, a total of 103,600 containers were handled by Kedentransservice at the border crossings with China, up 8% year-on-year. The volume of loading/unloading operations at domestic freight terminals was 61,200 TEUs, up 13% year-on-year.

The volume of non-containerised cargo handling at Kedentransservice terminals in 2018 was 863 mln tonnes, up 10% year-on-year.

Through its subsidiary, TransContainer Slovakia, the Company also operates a container terminal at the Dobra border crossing between Slovakia and Ukraine.

The volume of containers handled at the Dobra terminal was 13,100 TEUs in 2018, up 1.7% year-on-year.