Russian intermodal operator Ruscon has bucked the local downward market trend, handling 113,000 laden containers in the first three quarters of 2015, 6% more than over the same period in 2014.
Over the last 12 months, Russia has seen imports fall by more than 20% but Ruscon benefitted from a strong imports market in food products as well as exports of raw materials according to its chairman Vladimir Bychkov.
The company handled the largest share of its container volumes in the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, with a 7% rise to 90,000 teu. It handled 19,000 teu in St Petersburg and 4,000 teu in the Russian Pacific ports.
Bychkov said that dealing with a “wide range” of products helped the company increase its volumes, stating: “Our volumes continue to grow despite the very tough market conditions”.
Maintaining the balance between inbound and outbound flows helped to ensure access to containers needed by its export customers, he added.