During the first quarter of 2021, the Ahlers Projects and Machinery team worked with several clients from the metallurgy industry to deliver their oversized goods from China to inland destinations in Russia via Vladivostok port.
Using Vladivostok port as a transshipment hub was no coincidence. This port has always been a good alternative to the well-established ports of St. Petersburg and Novorossiysk for goods coming out of East Asia that needed to be delivered quickly to various locations within Russia.
Now, more than ever, Vladivostok port gets a bigger spotlight due to constantly increasing container sea freight costs from East Asia to Northern Europe. Due to close proximity to China, Vladivostok port became a much cheaper alternative for routing goods to inland Russian destinations.
The Ahlers team created additional value by decreasing the overall costs of breakbulk delivery via Vladivostok as opposed to shipping the goods in containers via St. Petersburg and Novorossiysk ports. Furthermore, by using the breakbulk service via Vladivostok, we managed to avoid the current empty container availability issue in Chinese ports, which has been a challenging factor for all forwarders in the past months.
Our Singapore-based chartering desk was responsible for fixing two breakbulk vessels out of Chinese ports up to Vladivostok. P&M Russia team, in turn, arranged for safe transshipment of all cargo in Vladivostok and further prompt delivery to inland destinations – Magnitogorsk, Lipetsk, Chusovoy.