According to the Russian Association of Food Sector Organizations (ASORPS), Russia and Uzbekistan could increase trade in agricultural products by creating mutual deliveries of perishable goods by rail using refrigerated containers.
Last month, ASORPS went for the “Business Russia” mission to Uzbekistan. There, entrepreneurs from Russia met with representatives from various departments and organizations for the Republic of Uzbekistan, producers and exporters of agricultural products, studying the existing logistics for the transportation of goods to Russia.
According to the President of ASORPS Mikhail Sinev, Russian operators of refrigerated containers are ready to develop the supply of perishable goods from Uzbekistan to Russia. However, Sinev states that there are many small farms scattered across Uzbekistan that cannot provide the required product volumes for transportation.
“We need a consolidator, someone capable of collecting and preparing cargo of at least 1,000 tons in one place at the scheduled time. As soon as this issue is resolved, we can start working,” said the ASORPS President.
To develop the line from Russia to Uzbekistan, there must also be a flow of goods requiring a special temperature regime. As of today, there is no such flow of goods.