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Chairman of the Board of Directors of Delo Group Sergey Shishkarev proposed to actively develop the transport corridor along the North-South route not only through the Caucasus through Iran towards India, but also through the southern Russian ports towards Africa. In the next decade Africa will start playing more and more important role in the world economy as a consumption market against the background of the continent's population growth and as a source of the cargo base when an increasing volume of production is located there.
“If we talk about the North-South corridor, then I ask: let's not be late with its development. Trends suggest that more and more production centers will move from Southeast Asia to Africa over the next five to ten years. Cheap labor, robotization, new energy opportunities - all this will allow us to see that production will be located in Central and North Africa. And I am surprised that in all calculations this corridor goes only to the right, to the Caspian Sea and Iran,” - said Sergey Shishkarev, speaking on the 15th of September 2021 at the 30th Plenary Meeting of the Coordination Council for Trans-Eurasian Transportation.
“Novorossiysk, Rostov and Taganrog should appear on the schemes in these directions. Large imports and large transit will go along this direction along the African route,” - he added.
Within the framework of the traditionally largest East-West transit corridor Sergey Shishkarev also called on to intensify the efforts of all authorities and companies to completely remove all barriers so that the share of transit through the territory of Russia exceeds these 4 percent in the total cargo turnover between Asia and Europe, which this the route is currently taking.
“It is necessary to literally seize the moment and increase efforts by using all the natural advantages that the Russian Federation has. For example, a geographical bridge between these two zones of production and consumption as well as latest technologies could help to build up the interaction of all participants in the state authorities - both customs and quarantine services to create a truly seamless movement of containers, " – believes the head of the Board of Directors of Delo Group.
In this regard, he drew attention to the need to pay increased attention to the development of border crossings on the eastern border of Russia, which are currently bottlenecks on the way of transport flows from Asia to Europe and vice versa.
One of the largest border checkpoints is Zabaikalsk on the border with China. At the end of the last year, an agreement was signed between the Russian Railways and TransContainer, which is part of Delo Group, on the development of Zabaikalsk, which provides, in particular, for the implementation of the technology of pass-through through the border terminal. This would significantly reduce the processing time of trains and increase volumes of the passes.
“I appeal to the Russian Railways with an appeal to fulfill our agreement on Zabaikalsk and resolve issues of modernization of the checkpoint, because the end-to-end technology, with the combined efforts of Russian Railways and TransContainer, would double, or even triple, the transit flow,” - said Sergey Shishkarev.
Delo Group is the largest transport and logistics holding in Russia, managing sea container terminals in the Azov-Black Sea, Baltic and Far Eastern basins, a network of railway container terminals, a fleet of containers and fitting platforms.
The Group's stevedoring business includes DeloPorts holding and Global Ports, a leading container terminal operator. The transport and logistics business of the Group is made up of the multimodal transport operator Ruscon and the intermodal container operator TransContainer that owns and operates the largest fleet of containers and flatcars over the entire 1520 standard railway network.< Back to list