New refrigerated rail service to connect Eurasia

RZD and the Russian Agriculture Ministry intend to launch refrigerated block trains between Russia and Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Belarus for export and import of agricultural and food products. Under the project, a simplified customs regime of clearance of goods will be set up. Tariff plans for the carriage of goods by such trains are also going to be synchronized.
The Agriculture Ministry also proposed to establish transport corridors for import and export of agricultural and food products via refrigerated block trains in the directions of Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Belarus. The project envisages allocation of railway routes to Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan for refrigerated block trains with the cargo speed of 550 km per day. Transport on the corridors will follow the “single window” principle concerning the electronic declaration, veterinary and phytosanitary control, monitored through the information system ERA-GLONASS.
The proposals were approved by the Russian Transport Ministry, the Federal Customs Service, Rosselkhoznadzor and RZD.

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