Russia Updates | RCL Agencies Inc

By: Oceanfreight  09-12-2011
Keywords: cargo, container

In order to improve economic connections with Community of Independent States (CIS) nations, on Tuesday Russia signed  a free- trade agreement with the Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Tajikistan. The new agreement would cancel import-export obligations on particular goods which weren’t announced yet. More than likely other states from the  former Soviet Union such as Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan will join this bound. Agreement will come in effect only after the parliament improvement in 2012.

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Qingdao,China port is closed due to fog until the fog lifts. Cargo & container operations will resume as soon as weather conditions permit.

New railway operations whereby containers for one destination in Russia/ CIS must be accumulated until there is a full train approximately 48 platforms. This is a new method. Previously many containers would depart same train for various destinations. Result will be longer transit times for cargo To Russia/ CIS for those containers destined smaller cities.

Riga, Latvia- Business closed Due to National Holidays Thursday June 23 & Friday June 24 ,2011.

Qingdao,China-Ocean carriers are delaying ships 1 week or more calling port Qingdao due to congestion.


There is a current backlog of containers moving to Kazakstan and the surrounding region when cargo moves via Qingdao, China. There may be a solution to this problem after June 20th when Railway official decide a proper course of action. The primary issue is shortage of rail flatcars.

Original Update 3/11/2011

Heavy wind & ice have paralyzed vessel activity in the Gulf of Finland moving to & from the port of St. Petersburg.  Earlier in the week Russia had dispatched the icebreaker “Vaygach” from Murmansk to assist with escorting stranded vessels.

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Original Update 4/1/2011

St. Petersburg congestion surcharge

Due to congestion in St. Petersburg, effective 4/1/11 there will be a fee assessed to all containers.  The amount will be different per carrier but should average $50 per container.

St. Petersburg emergency surcharge

On top of the congestion surcharge, carriers will start charging an emergency surcharge effective 3/20/11 to all import and export cargo in the amount of EURO 75 per TEU.

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Original New Date: April 1, 2011

Import & export container volumes continue to show strength in the US market and many vessels are overbooked.  This demand has facilitated an announced GRI from most lines in the below amount.

  • Effective April 1, 2011
  • From / To USA / North Europe as well as other trade lanes
  • Amount: USD 240 per 20′ container & USD 300 per 40′ container

Our opinion is the full GRI can pass only if volumes continue to be strong through the end of this month.  Please be aware this increase is separate from rising fuel increases we are seeing and can expect over the next several weeks or months.

We look forward to updating rates specific to your cargo requirements and appreciate your continued patronage.

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The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: cargo, container

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