俄铁物流总裁专访

本期我们非常感谢俄铁物流总裁瓦连季克·维亚切斯拉夫 (中文名:伟澜) 接受探索新丝路的独家专访,非常感谢俄铁物流顾问和中国区代表杨杰的支持。


New Silkroad Discovery (探索新丝路) appreciates this opportunity to do an interview with Mr. Viacheslav Valentik, CEO of RZDL. We thank the coordination of Mr. Jet Young, Consultant and Representative of RZDL in China. We sincerely appreciate the cooperation and patience from RZDL throughout this interview.



1. Will services of express delivery of cargo from China change supply chain system in Eurasia?


One can say that “One Belt, One Road” initiative has already significantly changed the routes of cargo supplies from China to Europe. The time of various goods’ delivery has reduced, including the delivery of auto parts and components for electronic devices. Expedited delivery from China has already essentially changed planning system in companies, which base their production on components from China. The same changes affected Chinese manufactures. Moreover, “One Belt, One Road” has allowed consignors to reduce warehouse stock and velocity of money, while making Eurasian continent in general closer to just-in-time delivery.


2. How many TEUs did RZD Logistics ship in 2018 from China to Europe, including transit?


Overall, in 2018 RZD Logistics shipped by rail from/to China 108 000 TEU. In 2019, we intend to increase this volume.

 


3. How does RZD Logistics position itself? As an operator or a freight forwarder, which provides logistics services?


Since its very inception RZD Logistics has always adhered to complex approach to providing logistics services – on the one hand, we are a train operator for platform companies and work at all three border points: Dostyk (through Kazakhstan), Zabaykalsk (through Russia) and Naushki (through Mongolia). But, at the same time we switch cargo to these trains, being, in this case, a forwarder. Our subsidiary Far East Land Bridge (FELB) is actively involved in this process in Europe and China.

 

In 2019, RZD Logistics is planning to further develop all areas of its business, including working on new routes’ and modern logistics services, such as a highly promising project of RZD Logistics Rail Jet – delivery of goods from Beijing to Moscow in 6 days in baggage rail cars of passenger trains.

 

This is a brand new service of high speed railway shipments of various cargo, including e-commerce goods, by passenger trains, which guarantees delivery to Moscow and Beijing with accuracy down to a minute. Another service, which our company is actively developing, is a new multimodal transit route from China to port Bronka and from there by sea to the ports of North Europe, including Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg, Oslo and Helsinki. The new route will help to avoid delays at entrance points to Europe and will contribute to the development of trade relations between China and such countries, as Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany and others.


4. Could you comment on the latest changes in TransContainer?

 

TransContainer is a long-standing partner of RZD Logistics. We jointly develop transit shipments from China across the border point Zabaykalsk. Nevertheless, all questions regarding any changes in TransContainer should be better addressed directly to the company.

 


5. How do you manage to keep the balance of interests between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan? How many trains and 20-foot containers does RZD Logistics plan to ship in 2019? How do you evaluate the potential of multiple railway transport corridors? Across Alashankou – to Dostyk, Erenhot, Manzhouli – Zabaykalsk, Dobra, Chop or Kaliningrad, etc. Will RZD Logistics focus its efforts on the support of some certain railway corridors, for instance, through Manzhouli and Zabaykalsk or will strive to maintain balance by developing various transport corridors?

 

According to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decrees, by the year 2024 Russia has to reduce the delivery time for containers from the Far East to the Western border of Russia to 7 days, whereas the volume of railway container transit should be increased by 4 times. We at RZD Logistics realize that such progress is possible only by using all functioning transport corridors. With being a part of the RZD Holding, we are aware of the fact that one route will not cope with all pressure on infrastructure, which should be used proportionally and effectively. This is why RZD Logistics is developing all available transport corridors, taking into consideration, first of all, consignors’ needs. Our goal is to offer clients the highest level of service and the shortest time of delivery.

 

6. How do you evaluate the problem of congestion at border points Brest-Malaszewicze and Dostyk- Alashankou?


Extreme weather conditions sometimes can affect the working regime of border crossings. As far as Malaszewicze and Brest stations are concerned, we really see high congestion there. This can, first of all, be explained by the extreme growth of transit from China to Europe, which makes it hard for the infrastructure of Polish Railways to coordinate such flow. This is the reason, why RZD Logistics is constantly working on new opportunities to use various transport routes to Europe, for example, deliver cargo through the above mentioned port of Bronka. 


We also continue our work on optimization of all logistics processes. Our company set the goal to achieve 100% balance between WB/EB trains and we see that the situation is improving year by year. Several years ago, this problem was much more of an issue, but today we see visible improvements. As a result of 2018, the average balance of WB and ЕB flows through the border crossing Zabaykalsk-Manzhouli was 81%, reaching 100% in certain months (for example, in September, 2018).

 


7. Could you comment on the situation, when the number of container platforms at border crossings is reducing during high seasons?


We can say that sometimes there is a certain deficit of container platforms due to essential increase of transit shipments’ volume. Of course, the market has been experiencing this deficit for a long time. Nowadays nearly each operator of rail cars has placed orders for new container platforms’ construction and in the course of 2019 they will be entering the market. Nevertheless, taking into consideration the continuing growth of transit, certain deficit of rail cars sometimes can be tangible.

 

8. As far as I know, railroad tariff (rate) changes every year. Is it expected to increase in 2019? How do you evaluate the activity of UTLC on the market of shipments from China to Europe?


Railroad rate consists of 2 parts – transit tariff of JSC RZD and tariff for the use of rail cars. The first one has not changed for more than seven years, thanks to the RZD Holding, and presents an important contribution to the development of transit shipments. The second one tends to increase, because of the rail cars’ price. This is just a market factor. Nonetheless, the scale of the deficit is set and RZD Logistics does not expect significant growth of rates in 2019. We, for our part, will do everything possible, in order to increase the turnaround of rolling stock and thereby try to keep the rates at the current level.

 

As far as UTLC is concerned, this company was created precisely for the development of transit shipments across the route China-Kazakhstan-Russia-Belarus-Europe. We see that the company is actively working in this area, solving all tasks it faces, and we wish it further professional success.

 

9. Chinese logistics companies (YuXinOu, Chengdu, ZIH, etc) have many railway platforms. Now booking of platforms for trains will be performed through such companies, as FELB, RTSB, RCO, etc. Will there be an opportunity to book trains directly and through RZD Logistics?

 

RZD Logistics already cooperates with all these companies and they book trains directly with us. Thus, not only is it possible – this is exactly how we are working now. Our company contacts them on a daily basis and they regularly place orders with us for transit, export and import trains. This happens mainly due to the fact that RZD Logistics offers its Chinese partners all possible routes of delivery, unlike other market players. 

 


10. In order to increase the volume of goods’ turnover between China and Europe, the price of transit services should be stable, available and attractive for consignors. The price in this case plays a crucial role, but railroad rates only partly are set by China, their other part depends on CIS countries. Chinese government actively subsidies railway transit shipments, in order to stimulate trade growth. What measures does RZD Logistics plan to implement, in order to increase the transit cargo flow and shipments to/from China?

 

We believe that for state platform companies of China it is more logical to work with foreign companies, which are the part of national railways holdings. This allows them to exclude middlemen, who increase rates by adding their margin, from transport process. Thus, in case Chinese companies are interested in, for example, transit across Russia, they should work with the RZD Holding and if they need to ship cargo, for instance, to Germany, they need to turn to Deutsche Bahn. 


If this is a complex shipment, it should be fulfilled by a consortium of logistics operators of national railways. Meeting these conditions will allow to make rates transparent and, as I have mentioned above, will exclude unnecessary parties from chains. The absence of middlemen will also increase the responsibility of all operators of the transport process, and clients will get the better idea, which party is responsible for what. This, in turn, will influence the quality of logistics services, which is extremely important for Chinese consignors.    

 

That is why RZD Logistics will offer Chinese platform companies its own logistics services as a way to increase shipments to China and from China. These services will allow them to deliver, process and send cargo to/from any point in Russia, not only by rail, but by any mode of transport.  Moreover, in order to increase the volume of transit shipments we will continue to further deepen cooperation with such holdings of national railways, as the above mentioned Deutsche Bahn, Finnish VR, Polish PKP and many others.



瓦连季克·维亚切斯拉夫背景介绍:

俄铁物流全球首席执行官及董事会成员,同时担任俄铁物流在拉脱维亚的合资企业EURO RAIL TRANS董事会主席、俄铁物流下属公司远东陆桥董事会成员、俄铁总公司控股公司捷富凯GEFCO监事会成员、俄罗斯铁路下属公司俄罗斯联邦货运委员会以及其运输与物流分委员会成员。受过运输组织和交通管理高等教育。从2004年起在Globaltrans集团公司担任领导岗位,其中包括NEW FREIGHT FORWARDING担任第一副总裁、北科运有限责任公司担任第一副总裁(2014年该公司被改组成为Globaltrans管理有限责任公司)。

从2016年1月任俄罗斯铁路物流股份公司的第一副总裁。从2016年6月1日任俄罗斯铁路物流股份公司代首席执行官。从2016年8月19日起正式任俄罗斯铁路物流股份公司的全球首席执行官。


俄铁物流背景:


俄罗斯铁路物流股份公司是俄罗斯铁路国立控股公司下属公司,成立于2010年11月19日。专门负责在俄铁总公司框架内发展第三方多式联运服务,是俄铁总公司指定的过境俄罗斯业务的对接窗口,公司在2016-2018三年内操作的中欧班列过境俄罗斯集装箱货运量超过285000TEU,操作覆盖满洲里/后贝加尔、二连浩特/扎门乌德、阿拉山口/多斯特克三个中欧班列主要过境口岸。



俄铁物流同时也操作中俄、中国与白俄罗斯间的铁路运输业务,包括中国各地与莫斯科地区的来回程服务,俄罗斯西伯利亚地区发往中国的木材回程班列、中国与白俄罗斯间的去回程业务等。公司不仅仅提供铁路集装箱运输业务,亦提供诸如大件、汽车整车、铁路车皮、冷链、小包配送服务。如,2018年7月,俄铁物流与中铁快运分别受俄铁总公司与中铁总公司指定,开通了中俄间国际列车行李车货运服务,以落实中俄两国铁路部门关于发展中俄间高速货运的协议。


俄铁物流作为俄国家铁路专门负责第三方物流的部门,与俄罗斯国家出口中心一起负责俄罗斯政府关于促进俄罗斯农产品对华出口的项目,并且于2018年11月与俄罗斯出口中心联合参加了首届中国国际进口博览会。


俄罗斯铁路物流股份公司是俄罗斯以及独联体地区最大的多式联运物流服务提供商,公司在俄罗斯有33个分公司和独立部门、5个子公司和境外投资企业,超过一千名员工。在中国,俄铁物流是渝新欧(重庆)物流有限公司的境外股东之一。



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