Intermodal operator Ruscon edges forward in tough market


Paper boatsThe third quarter results for Intermodal operator Ruscon shows that the company continues to increase its market share in Russia maintaining a strong position in a country which has seen imports fall by over 20% in the last 12 months. By the end of the third quarter of 2015, Ruscon had handled 113,387 laden containers compared to 106,641 in the same period in 2014.

Vladimir Bychkov, Chairman of Ruscon said: “We are active in all the main container gateways and work for customers who deal in a wide range of products, so that helps us increase our volumes. We are also committed to continually improving our technology and handling techniques to increase efficiency and service levels.”

Ruscon performed particularly well in handling containers arriving at Novorossiysk seeing an increase in volumes for the first three quarters of 2015 to 89,669 units compared to 83,923 units in 2014.

The majority of Ruscon’s business continues to be handled through the Black Sea Port of Novorossiysk with St Petersburg coming second and the Pacific ports of Vostochniy and Vladivostok third. Novorossiysk rose to 89,669 units in the first nine months of 2015 compared to 83,923 units in the same period in 2014. In St Petersburg 19,323 units were handled (compared to 19,022 units) and in the Russian. In Pacific ports, 4,395 units were handled compared to 3,696.

Mr Bychkov attributes Ruscon’s success to an efficient combination of products and services which enabled the company to benefit from a strong imports market in food products and exports of raw materials. Additionally, it maintains a good balance between inbound and outbound flows which helps ensure it has access to containers needed by its export customers.

“We are very pleased that our customers remain committed to using our services and that our volumes continue to grow despite the very tough market conditions,” said Mr Bychov.