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Growth in container traffic despite COVID-19 pandemic

Growth in container traffic despite COVID-19 pandemic

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Owing to transit services, the China — Europe — China route has experienced an over 60% growth in container traffic during the third quarter of this year. This was reported by Emil Kaikiev, Member of the Board – Minister in charge of Energy and Infrastructure of the Eurasian Economic Commission, at the Digital Transport Corridors plenary discussion as part of Transport Week 2020.


"Spreading COVID-19 caused global supply-chain disruptions and increased volatility in commodity markets, changing the situation in many key economic sectors,” Emil Kaikiev noted.


Transport has also been affected by these factors, suffering a decrease in the main indicators of its activities.


Despite this, the EEC Minister believes that the transit rail transportation segment experiences a significant increase, which demonstrates the high integration potential of this type of transport.


Moreover, the advantages of railway transportation, lying in the stability and reliability of delivery by container trains through the EAEU countries, have become even more apparent amid the pandemic.


" It is necessary to jointly maintain the positive dynamics by strengthening transportation activities with the support measures aimed at digitalization of processes in transport and information support of the transport services market. We should also ensure sanitary and epidemiological safety as well as form "green corridors" for the movement of goods and population in case of emergency," Emil Kaikiev urged.


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Transport Week is the annual business venue held in accordance with the disposition of the Government of the Russian Federation and including a series of All-Russian and international events on transport issues. It has been held for fourteen years by the Russian Ministry of Transport to openly discuss the most pressing transport issues and strengthen mutual understanding between government officials and the business community.​