Russia is already facing a shortage of containers. This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to RZD-Partner.

Shortage of containers

According to Alexey Kravchenko, a representative of the logistics operator FESCO Integrated Transport, almost 70% of the entire fleet of containers that worked last year in the Russian Federation belonged to sea line operators, 20% to railway operators, and 10% to specialized companies.

About half of the 70% are the property of companies coming from the Russian Federation. Another 25% belongs to companies that have not finally decided to exit the Russian market.

“Therefore, one of the most important factors is the shortage of container equipment, which the industry has faced and will face in the coming months,” said a representative of the logistics company.

The problem may affect the dynamics of transportation, as the country abolishes the principle of non-discriminatory access to public infrastructure in favor of containerized cargo.

According to preliminary estimates, such a decision will free up the carrying capacity of railways from west to east for the delivery of 80-100 thousand TEU per month to Pacific ports and land border crossings.

“In March, the container turnover was still developing largely due to the fleet of shipping line operators that are suspending their activities in the Russian Federation. Currently, new loaded containers are not being brought into the country in sufficient volume to normally provide transportation in June-August in the average monthly volume to which market participants are accustomed.

Several options are being considered to solve the problem. The first is ordering a container fleet from Chinese factories. At the end of 2021, they produced a total of up to 500,000 TEU per month.

Thus, the potential need of the Russian Federation can be closed in 2-3 months, but it is not known where they will find the billions of dollars needed for this acquisition.

As previously reported, due to sanctions in the Russian Federation, the production of tank containers may be stopped.

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