29 January 2021

First block export train departed from Turkey to Russia

22 The “first block export train from Turkey to Russia” carrying Arçelik's products, which we have realized as the organizer authority in international railway transportation, was sent off from Ankara on 29 January 2021 with a farewell ceremony.

Turkish Republic Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu, Turkish Republic Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez, Russian Federation Ankara Ambassador Aleksei Erkhov, Zer A.Ş. Logistics Deputy General Manager Ertan Akkan and Arçelik A.Ş. Supply Chain Director Mustafa Soylu attended the farewell ceremony.

With its 15 wagons, the train will travel approximately 4,650 kilometers in 8 days passing through Georgia and Azerbaijan to reach Vorsino (Moscow), its final destination in the Russian Federation, and will deliver 3 thousand 321 white appliances produced in Turkey by Arçelik, contained in 15 containers, to Russia.
This transportation activity, which will be carried out with door-to-door delivery model via road and rail combined transportation modes, will significantly contribute to the logistics costs and time savings of exporters.

Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, in his speech said; “Our export train, which we will see off today, will travel approximately 4,650 kilometers to Moscow, its final destination in the Russian Federation, by using the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line. 3,321 dishwashers, stoves and ovens produced in our country will be transported to the Vladimir Region of the Russian Federation in 15 containers loaded in 15 wagons. The fact that this shipment, which was previously carried out by sea and land, is being carried out by rail is the result of the breakthroughs realized in the field of railways in Turkey and the confidence felt in our railways management”.

Karaismailoğlu, furthermore, stated that this shipment, which will be carried out with using road and rail combined transportation modes and door-to-door delivery model, would be an extremely important alternative for exporters, and expressed that; “The transportation of containers and truck haulage beds by rail will reduce the transportation costs of our exporters and will strengthen their competitiveness.”

As Zer, we are proud to realize the first transportation activity of this crucial route that adds value to our country's exports as well as sustainable logistics.