UTLC ERA and RZD Logistics JSC have begun to carry out shipments of sanctioned goods in transit through Russia

Moscow, March 27 – Joint stock company “United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Rail Alliance” (a joint venture of Belarusian, Russian and Kazakhstan Railways) and JSC Russian Railways Logistics have started shipping sanctioned products from Europe to China across Russia, using the electronic seal technology.


The first shipment, frozen salmon, was transported from the Netherlands to Duisburg “in the first mile,” and then dispatched from Europe to China on railway transport on March 21. As of right now, the train has already crossed the border of Russia, and further it will be forwarded as part of an express container train to Xian, from where the cargo will be taken by truck to the customer in Shanghai. The test shipment has been implemented by UTLC ERA and Russian Railways Logistics in close cooperation with reliable foreign partners and structures of the Russian Railways Holding, Russian Transport Supervision Committee, Federal Customs Service and other participants. The refrigerated container will pass through Belarus and Kazakhstan along one of the base routes of UTLC ERA. The electronic seals will be attached at Smolensk Classification Yard, and removed at Kartaly I station. “This is undoubtedly a new page in the history of development of the Eurasian Railway Transit. After we complete all the required steps, from the proposal for amending legislation to allow sanctioned products on transit to first pilot shipments, we expect this new service to become quite popular among European and Chinese companies throughout the 1,520 mm railway track space. Railway transport has again proven its client-orientedness and a systemic approach to development of real Eurasian cooperation and partnership, we thank our partners for their trust and active cooperation in carrying out test shipments with use of navigation seals along the base route of UTLC ERA,” Alexey Grom, General Director of UTLC ERA commented. “The demand for imported food products is growing in China. In many ways, this is happening due to growing consumption levels and the growing purchasing ability of the Chinese population, as the Chinese middle class gradually forms. European consignors are also interested in these shipments; our services open for them new market capabilities to deliver their products in maximum safety and within guaranteed time,” said Dmitry Murev, General Director of JSC Russian Railways Logistics. Reference:

Transit shipments of sanctioned cargoes across Russia with use of electronic navigation seals were allowed by Order No. 290 of the President of the Russian Federation, signed on

June 24, 2019. The sanctioned cargoes imported into the country will be monitored by the transportation tracking system. The system will collect, process, store and automatically transmit to controlling and supervision authorities all the data on the location and safety of cargoes. The cargo monitoring system with use of navigation seals is a large-scale project developed with participation of the Russian Federal Tariff Service, the Russian Transport Supervision Authority, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Agriculture and the OJSC Russian Railways. This system will become yet another step in the process of developing the electronic interaction between the consigner, the transporter and controlling bodies.

Moreover, the consignor will have all the detailed information on the location of the cargo. The electronic seal will provide for better safety of the cargo en route: it will send a signal if the cargo should be tampered with. This will allow to take expedient measures to prevent theft or damage to the integrity of the system.