Vladivostok is a port city on the coast of the Sea of Japan or, as they say in travel guides, a portal city. For Europeans, Vladivostok opens the way to Asia, and for Asians it is the nearest culturally European city.
From the point of view of logistics, Vladivostok is a unique international multimodal transport hub. It is the last stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway, the longest railway in the world. And it is the farthest point on the Northern Sea Route, the shortest sea passage between European Russia and the Russian Far East as well as the rest of Asia.
According to Russian News Agency TASS, over the past five years the Russian Far East is increasingly attractive to investors, with 1 trillion rubles flowing into the region. The Vladivostok free port has helped this process. This free port zone offers multiple economic advantages and includes several Russian Far East ports in the Primorsky, Kamchatka and Khabarovsk territories, the Sakhalin region, and the Chukotka Autonomous district.
In September 2020, international transport and logistics company AsstrA opened its office in Vladivostok. Despite widespread economic uncertainty, the company continues to expand geographically in order to be closer to customers operating in local markets around the world.
"Despite the global Covid-19 pandemic and economic slowdowns in the regions where we operate, we are moving ahead with our strategic development plans. These plans include expanding our branch network. Having local teams at key transport hubs will allow us to improve and grow our service portfolio. With our new Vladivostok office, the main goal is to use our sea, road, rail, and project logistics capabilities to strengthen partnerships with regional customers and suppliers,” says Sergey Omelyanyuk, CIS Regional Director at AsstrA.
AsstrA is represented in the CIS, Europe, Asia and the USA. The company has local offices in 8 time zones.
"A significant portion of Russian imports flow through Far East ports. But they are far away from European Russia and the 7-hour time difference means there are only around two hours during a typical working day to do business with customers in Moscow, for example. Therefore, opening this representative office and putting people "on the ground" will help us stay flexible, improve the quality of the services we offer, and oversee local logistics process," adds Sergey Omelyanyuk.