The Rail Division's assets include inland container terminals in Khabarovsk, Novosibirsk and Tomsk, which are the key links in the FESCO intermodal transportation chain, enabling the Company to successfully manage cargo flows and optimise costs.

The container terminal in Novosibirsk is located near the Novosibirsk-Vostochny rail station and has three railway lines. In 2020, the terminal partly commissioned a 10.3 thousand cu m concrete platform, increasing the area for simultaneous delivery of cars and storage and handling capacity with subsequent improvements in throughput capacity. The facility owns a well-developed network of own railway lines and six own shunting locomotives.

The Khabarovsk terminal, one of the largest logistic hubs in the Russian Far East, is the only facility in the region offering a combination of warehousing, freight forwarding and container terminal services. Occupying a total area of 9.2 hectares, the facility lies close to the federal highway running from Khabarovsk to Vladivostok, has access to the Amur River and the Krasnaya Rechka railway station. The terminal consists of five areas for delivery of railcars with a total length of 1,300 m (capacity: 92 standard railcars) and of 1,400 m of railway lines and a motor access road.

The Tomsk terminal is located on the site of Tomskneftekhim (a subsidiary of SIBUR Holding). The terminal is connected to the Trans-Siberian Railway (Kopylovo station) via 305 m long access routes.

Key metrics of FESCO inland terminals
Terminals Novosibirsk Khabarovsk Tomsk
Total area, ha 15.7 9.2 0.6
Container storage area, ha 2.3 1.6 0.6
Container storage capacity, TEU 2,000 2,350 800
Annual container throughput capacity, TEU 102,000 54,000 12,960
Container handling in 2020, TEU 90,290 51,927 9,672
Source: Company data.


Services offered by the terminals include receiving and dispatching containers, loading and securing cargo in a container, crating, warehouse logistics, and responsible storage services.

In addition to container handling and storage, the Novosibirsk terminal also offers freight forwarding services relating to export container trains from Novosibirsk and regular FESCO shuttles from Novosibirsk to Khabarovsk. The terminal’s track facilities ensure seamless coal supplies to CHPP No. 4, a strategic facility of Novosibirsk’s infrastructure.

In 2020, the terminal developed new options to handle and forward containers for export, as well as refrigerated container handling and handling of metals at dedicated sites. The terminal provides the services of warehouse and transport logistics and handling of container cargoes and other general cargoes.

The Tomsk terminal out its handling operations under a partnership agreement with Tomskneftekhim, which supplies polypropylene and low-density polyethylene to the Russian, FSU and non-FSU markets.


In 2020, the Novosibirsk terminal considerably expanded its volumes of container handling by rail and by car, resulting in a major enhancement in market positions. The volume of large-capacity container handling increased by 24% to 90,290 thousand TEU vs 72,822 thousand TEU in 2019. The key drivers included development of export shipments to China via land border crossings (grains), freight forwarding of cargoes in carrier- and shipper owned containers as part of services to Novosibirsk with subsequent dispatching of empty containers to export locations, and launch of cargo handling in open-top containers (metals).

As a result of expansion of the cargo handling and freight forwarding businesses at the Khabarovsk terminal, cargo handling volumes increased by 45% to 51,927 thousand TEU vs 35,927 thousand TEU in 2019, with railcar turnover surging by 169%. With an inflow of new customers, the volumes of road transportation and forwarding grew by 165% YoY.

Container handling in 2018–2020, k TEU
Source: Company data.