GCS/Ruscon launches an Ust-Luga - Nizhniy Novgorod block train service for General Motors Korea9 January 2013
A new block train service is being launched by GCS/Ruscon out of the new Ust-Luga Container Terminal (ULCT). It will run a distance of over 1,100km to Nizhniy Novgorod. Nizhniy Novgorod is Russia’s fifth largest city and is located over 400km to the east of Moscow.
Ruscon is a logistics and intermodal operator, being part of the GCS transportation group.
The service is being launched to serve the needs of General Motors (GM) Korea, which signed a contract in February 2011 with the Russian motor manufacturer GAZ to assemble its Chevrolet Aveo subcompact city car. However GCS is also offering capacity on the trains to third parties including carriers and shippers who route cargo via Ust-Luga.
Production of the Chevrolet Aveo began in December 2012 and the manufacturer is planning to assemble some 32,000 cars per annum.
Ruscon loaded two pilot trains at ULCT in the beginning of December, transporting CKD parts that were shipped by GM Korea. In total 118 containers were delivered to the new assembly plant in Nizhniy Novgorod. 54x40ft and 2x20ft containers were carried on the first train and 60x40ft and 2x20ft containers on the second.
Ruscon uses its own flat-car wagons to form the trains and recently set up its own office in Ust-Luga. In addition to railway transportation, Ruscon is arranging port and customs transit formalities for this project while ocean transportation to ULCT is arranged by Maersk Line.
The regular service starts this month (January) and volumes will build to around 800x40ft containers per month.
Ruscon is 100% owned by GCS and performs all container transportation services within the group, outside of liner agency, customs clearance, LCL and stevedoring.