Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) officially unveiled the largest cargo complex in Russia, Moscow Cargo, to airlines and cargo forwarders. The new cargo complex which has been handling international cargo for just over two months, covers an area of 42,300 sqm and has a capacity of 380,000 tonnes of cargo per year.
The construction of the cargo complex is part of Sheremetyevo’s Long-Term Development Programme lasting until 2026 which aims for the airport to handle over 700,000 tonnes of cargo annually by 2024. The design and construction of the second stage of the cargo terminal with an additional capacity of 380,000 tonnes of cargo annually will start this year.
“Sheremetyevo International Airport will strengthen its position as the European hub for global cargo flows in partnership with PJSC Aeroflot and Volga-Dnepr,” the airport said.
The cargo complex was built almost from scratch from March 2016 to July 2017, with the terminal handling its first cargo in September 2017. Over the succeeding two months all domestic cargo operations were successfully moved to the new terminal. Transitioning of international cargo operations was completed in January 2018.
The general director of Moscow Cargo LLC, Vladimir Fedorenko said the new cargo complex meets international cargo handling standards and exceeds the level of technical equipment at other similar facilities in Russia. The terminal’s capabilities for storing pharma cargo, for instance, allowed AirBridgeCargo to obtain its IATA CEIV certificate for transportation of pharma cargoes throughout its route network which includes this new facility.
The cargo complex is equipped with a unique system for automated storage and processing, manufactured by Lödige. Automation level of the production processes reaches 60 per cent, the airport said.
There are also independent container and bulk storage areas with unified automated operating system in the terminal. Moscow Cargo is also capable of handling all types of dangerous cargo including explosive and radioactive materials.
Moscow Cargo is equipped with a seven-level Automatic Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) that has 3,198 loose/pallet cargo storage locations. There is a sizeable four-storey Pallet Container Handling System (PCHS) with a storage area for 576 Unit Load Devices (ULD), 60 of which are specially designed for temperature-sensitive ULDs.
The complex has 13 conveyor lines with access to the apron, 29 stations for cargo reception and delivery equipped with truck docks and dock shelters – two of which are designated for heavy and oversized cargo (including cars) and two for express cargo and courier parcels.
New standards of customer service have also been set, with an electronic queuing system and 20 counters for shippers and consignees to obtain documents and make payments. Clients can inquire about the cargo handling status, print cargo tags and safety declarations through the terminal’s website.
Sheremetyevo International Airport is the largest Russian airport in terms of passenger and freight traffic, takeoff and landing operations, the area of the airport facilities and the capacity of the cargo facilities. The Sheremetyevo route network comprises more than 200 destinations.