August 2 on the international transport corridor connecting the south of Primorye with the Chinese province of Jilin, was sent to the first freight train through a railway border crossing point Makhalino (RF) — Hunchun (China).
To the border — 21 km, the speed on this section of the journey of 60 km / h The railway border crossing Makhalino — Hunchun resumed its activities after a 9 year hiatus. All infrastructure in the area of transition Makhalino — Hunchun was restored within 3 months.
On this occasion, in the border station Reed (Far Eastern Railway) held a solemn meeting. Starting border crossing Makhalino — Hunchun will not only expand economic ties with Jilin province of Primorye, but also to become in the future a reliable transit bridge between Europe and Asia.
Russian Railways to date have worked for 58 border crossings, will now operate and 59th passage.
According to Russian and foreign experts, the total volume of traffic through this transition can reach 8 million tons of cargo a year, including 4.5 million tons of export and import 3.5 million tons of cargo.
Makhalino border crossing — Hunchun is a continuation of the Trans-Siberian Railway. It is a great opportunity for the transport of goods in transit, but this will complete the upgrading of existing infrastructure and significantly expand the range of goods transported.
Integration into the global transport space — one of the strategic priorities of JSC "Russian Railways". Due to its geographical location, Russia serves as a link between Europe and Asia. This fact creates special demands on the quality of the Russian transport system. Now comes to the fore the problem of infrastructure transport corridors passing through the territory of Russia (North — South and East — West), as well as the optimal alignment of supply chain delivery of goods between countries of the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. At present, formed a huge potential to increase trade turnover with EU countries in Asia Pacific. Therefore, the direction of the Eurasian transport acquires special significance today, including for the railway community. Creating a unified rail transport corridor between Europe and Asia-Pacific countries through the territory of Russia will allow two to three times speed up the delivery of goods to this direction.