Work completed on largest cargo terminal in Russia

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Sheremetyevo International Airport has completed construction of Moscow Cargo – the largest cargo terminal in the Russian Federation and it will go into operation next month as the city gets set to welcome the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Rosaviatsiya – the Federal Agency of Air Transport – has issued a permit so the $80 million facility, which is spread over 43,000 square metres and has a capacity of 380,000 tonnes, can be operated.

The terminal was constructed in conjunction with Moscow Cargo LLC – Sheremetyevo’s cargo handling partner and it has the capability of increasing this number to one million tonnes.

Implementation of the project was carried out within the framework of the program of Sheremetyevo’s development and modernisation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and future. Work commenced in March 2016 and it was completed in July 2017.

The airport says: “The new cargo terminal meets all modern requirements in the area of ground cargo handling, to a considerable extent exceeds the level of technical equipment of similar facilities in Russia and thus creates favorable conditions for further development of the global cargo hub at the premises of Sheremetyevo Airport in partnership with Volga-Dnepr Group and Aeroflot.”

At the moment, works at the facility are being carried out to test equipment for cargo handling and storage, as well as to test information systems.

The new terminal is equipped with automated seven-tier system of cargo shelf storage and handling designed for 3,198 house-pallets; a four-tier area of container storage equipped with automated ULD (air container) processing system with a capacity of 576 storage bins, including 60 storage bins intended to store ULDs with temperature-sensitive cargo (temperature range of +2 to +8°С).

It also features 13 conveyor lines reaching the aerodrome; 29 cargo acceptance/pick-up points equipped with dock levelers and shelters, two of which are intended to handle oversized cargo (including cars) and two are intended to accept express shipment items.

Moscow Cargo LLC says it is planning to start the terminal’s commercial operation in September 2017 upon completion of start-up and commissioning works and receipt of all licenses and authorisations required to carry out activities as the temporary storage warehouse keeper at the new cargo terminal.

In autumn 2017 reconstruction of Starosheremetievskoe highway is to be completed, which will improve accessibility to Sheremetyevo International Airport and the new Moscow Cargo terminal.

Sheremetyevo International Airport is the home base of rising freighter carrier AirBridgeCargo Airlines, Aeroflot and Volga-Dnepr Group.