Russia softens sanctions to allow flowers through by train

Dutch flower exporters could see their transport costs to Asia cut by 80%, following a change in Russian regulations. 

The ministry of transport announced that since July 1, domestic and international carriers would be able to transport sanctioned perishable products via train through Russia to third countries, provided electronic seals, which can track the cargo, are used.  

The lifting of Russia’s ban could see Norwegian fish and Dutch flowers go to Asia by land, rather than by air. Overland routes avoiding Russia have longer transit times and have been less attractive to shippers. 

Read more at The Loadstar (Alex Lennane)

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