29 February 2016
RUSCON container traffic
grows despite overall Russian slump
RUSCON, one of the leading
multimodal transport companies in Russia, has shown
strong growth in 2015 despite a significant fall in
the country’s overall container traffic.
The company reported a 32%
increase in export traffic, compared with the
Russian total of a mere 1.6% rise in exported
containers. Total Russian imports fell by 31% to
fewer than 1 million containers. RUSCON import
traffic fell just 4.5%.
The operation at the Black
Sea port of Novorossiysk continues to show RUSCON’s
biggest growth, with a total of 119,170 containers
handled in 2015 compared with 107,037 in 2014 (11%
up). Traffic though ports on the Russian Pacific
grew to 5,729 laden containers in 2015 compared
with 5,361 the previous year (7% up).
Vladimir Bychkov, President of RUSCON, says the
strong performance was mainly achieved due to
customers recognising the value of the services
offered by RUSCON off-dock terminals and because
the intermodal service via the port of Vostochniy
on the Pacific coast was expanded last year.
The rise in export traffic
has meant that RUSCON has experienced a surge in
demand for its expert container stuffing services
at its Novorossiysk off-dock terminal with
agribulks, liquids, chemical and mineral bulk
products all loaded into containers for transport
around the world.
“We have developed close
partnerships with the key carriers, customers and
terminals over many years, long before the current
crisis began, so we have a very loyal customer base
and good relationships with all our business
partners,Mr Bychkov explains.
We have customers who are
involved in importing and exporting a wide range of
products so that helps our traffic to continue to
grow, despite the difficult market conditions.
Also, RUSCON continues to invest in new facilities
and provide additional services where needed, so
that helps our customers be more efficient and
remain competitive in their own markets.
Last year RUSCON opened the
first bonded veterinary control reefer facility at
its off-dock terminal in Novorossiysk to handle the
growing volumes of perishable goods arriving at the
port from South America, South East Asia and the
Mediterranean. The increase was largely in response
to changing foodstuffs traffic patterns after the
US, the EU and various other countries imposed
economic sanctions on Russia.
RUSCON has worked successfully in the Russian
container market since 1995. Beginning as a liner
agency, today it is among the top ten container
transport companies in Russia and the CIS.
RUSCON belongs to one of Russia’s largest transport
holding companies, DELO, which also owns several
terminal assets in the port of Novorossiysk. RUSCON
group consists of seven companies in various fields
of container shipping including agency, logistics
and terminal operations. It is active in all of the
major container ports and provinces of Russia, as
well as in neighbouring CIS countries and overseas.
The group has ambitious plans to continue to expand
its existing companies and to add new ones in order
to meet the growing demand for professional
transport services in Russia, the CIS and further
RUSCON has announced a strategic target of doubling
its container throughput and tripling revenue over
the next five years. This will be achieved through
consolidation of its vertically-integrated systems
to enable seamless delivery of containers to any
destination in Russia and worldwide. RUSCON relies
on its 1,100+ staff and close partnerships with
leading Russian and international transport
companies to help it meets its targets.