Russian retail network "Magnit", working together with MAERSK, has launched a quicker system to transport and deliver imported fruits and vegetables from Novorossiysk to Moscow by rail. It is the first time ever that fruits will be transported by rail along this route.
The use of the railroad will allow the company to deliver fresh fruits and vegetables quicker and thereby keep them fresh for longer.
The delivery of the cargo is carried out in refrigerated containers, which arrive by ships from the Eastern Mediterranean countries to the seaport of Novorossiysk. The journey then continues in a container train.
The first delivery has already taken place at the end of December. 12 forty-foot containers (FEU) with fresh fruit from Turkey were shipped by rail to Selyatino station. Thus, a seamless multimodal temperature-controlled chain has been established for the supply of fresh products from producers to distribution centers in the Moscow region.
It is planned that deliveries by rail will happen weekly. The company plans to deliver apples, tomatoes, oranges, pears and other fruits and vegetables in this way. The volume and frequency of supplies will be regulated by Magnit depending on customer demand.