Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) and Moscow Cargo, promote the airport’s express terminal to unspecified Chinese partners, as trade, particularly e-commerce express cargo, grows rapidly between Russia and China.
The express cargo terminal at Sheremetyevo, officially opened in December 2017, is designed to satisfy growing market demand and to offer advanced high-quality infrastructure for handling cargo and mail destined to and from China, the airport says. Factoring in the high growth rates of cargo growth, the completion of the second stage of the cargo terminal is scheduled for 2022.
Today, Sheremetyevo is the only airport in Europe to service eight Chinese airlines. The route network connecting Russia and China comprises 19 destinations.
The import of goods from China to Sheremetyevo soared over 40 per cent, while exports saw a 20 per cent increase. Sheremetyevo has a strong lead in the market of the Moscow Air Cluster, with a share of 62.8 per cent for cargo, according to last year’s results.
The terminal’s use of automated cargo storage and handling systems reduces cargo handling and packaging time and expanding use of IT makes tracking transparent between customers and airlines, the airport says.
“We managed to achieve outstanding results in the development of international cooperation thanks to the Sheremetyevo airport’s efficient long-term planning and large-scale investment programme,” says Andrey Nikulin, first deputy general director of Sheremetyevo International Airport JSC.
China is a significant strategic partner for Russia and in 2018 alone, trade turnover between Russia and China increased by 28 per cent, with over a record-high USD 100 billion. Russia ranks first among China’s ten largest trade partners in terms of trade turnover growth.
“The new infrastructure allows us to fully comply with our customers’ high requirements and even exceed their expectations,” says Mikhail Chuvilkin, first deputy general director–director for Production of Moscow Cargo. “One of the greatest advantages of our terminal is the availability of areas for express cargo handling. Today, speed is the main requirement the customers set. Speed provides a competitive edge”, he adds.
Sheremetyevo International Airport is a Top-10 hub airport in Europe and the largest airport in Russia in terms of passenger and cargo traffic, the number of takeoffs and landings (TOLs), the total area of terminals, and cargo facilities’ capacity.
Sheremetyevo’s route network includes over 220 destinations and Moscow Cargo’s complex at Sheremetyevo is the largest cargo terminal in Russia. It has an area of 42,300 sqm, and its capacity is 380,000 tonnes of cargo per year.
It is equipped with Lödige’s automated cargo storage and handling system, which is unique in Russia. The terminal’s space contains two unique areas for container and bulk storage of cargo, with a single automated control system. The terminal can handle cargo of all hazard classes, including radioactive materials.