The first FMS-Express eastbound container train from the Silikatnaya station, Moscow Railway, arrived in Vladivostok on 30 January 2017, and back in Moscow (reverse route) on 3 February 2017. The new high-speed trains will be departing from both Vladivostok and Moscow once a week, with plans to soon add more trains to the schedule. The total transit time between Silikatnaya and Vladivostok stations including cargo handling in terminals is eight days.
FMS-Express has been implemented under the Trans-Siberian in Seven Days project adopted by Russian Railways, a state-run monopoly, to establish a high-speed non-stop operation from origin to destination. With this arrangement in place, the standard transit time for FESCO’s existing shipping services via the Trans-Siberian Railway has been reduced from eleven to seven days while increasing the average route speed from 830 km/day to over 1,000 km/day. The benefits of electronic records management and a preliminary transit declaration process have also helped pave the way for the successful launch of FMS-Express.
FMS-Express is part of FESCO’s intermodal chain to handle foreign and transit shipments through Vladivostok via the Trans-Siberian Railway, one of the best land routes connecting Asia, Russia, and Europe. The Trans-Siberian in Seven Days project ensures timely and accurate deliveries at exact intervals.
Over the last five years, FESCO has dispatched over 3,000 container trains on the Vladivostok-Moscow-Vladivostok route. The trains on the route operate on a daily schedule.