Global Container Services has won two automotive supply chain contracts linked to growing demand for cars from Russia’s middle classes.
The intermodal company is now managing the supply of auto parts from the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk to assembly plants in Cherkessk for Taiwanese manufacturer Luxgen and Chinese brand Brilliance Auto.
Novorossiysk is already used as a gateway for numerous automotive producers, including Ford and Chinese producers Lifan, Geely and Chery, which import parts to feed assembly plants located in Central and Southern Russia, where production is being ramped up to meet increasing domestic demand.
Under the contracts, GCS helps customers choose ocean carriers for shipments from Taiwan and China to ensure on-time delivery and reduced local charges. On arrival at the NUTEP terminal in Novorossiysk, containers are loaded on to block trains or bonded trucks operated by the GCS subsidiary Ruscon and forwarded 470km to the Derways assembly plant in Cherkessk. Train schedules are designed to meet the production needs of the plants.
“Initially, the two customers will need just two or three trains a month, but we know volumes will rise as production at the plants expands to meet demand,” said Andrey Naraevskiy, director liner and business development.
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