September, 2018

Container block train with auto components for Hyundai plant in St.-Petersburg

At the end of August, 2018 «VTN-Agency», JSC carried out customs formalities for auto components arrived in St. Petersburg by container block train for Hyundai plant. Railway transportation was arranged by FESCO as part of its regular Vladivostok - St. Petersburg container train service. By comparison with overseas transportation which is  commonly used, multimodal transportation - from South Korea to the Russian Far East by sea, and then by rail via Vladivostok on the Trans-Siberian route and then further to St. Petersburg - offers to Hyundai plant in St. Petersburg an opportunity to save a lot of time and resources.
Customs formalities for auto parts carried in 64 containers of block train have been completed within several hours by approaching simplified customs clearance procedure in conformity with the Russian customs legislation and with use of modern customs technologies.
Arrival of the second container block train with auto components for Hyundai plant is expected to be at the end of the first week of September, 2018. So far VTN-Agency specialists are involved in preliminary works with a view that customs clearance of incoming goods to be completed without delays.
In future Hyundai is going to carry even more goods by rail thus bringing the number of container block trains up to four per week.
Development of Vladivostok - St. Petersburg railway transport corridor for cargo transportation including transportation from Asian - Pacific Region to Europe, contributes much to the transit capacity of the Russian Federation.

August, 2018

Welcome reception of Duisburg river harbor

Welcome reception took place on August, 29, 2018 in the Renaissance St Petersburg Baltic Hotel on the occasion of Duisburg river harbor’s officials visiting St. Petersburg. Duisburg team included port`s top management, delegation of clients` advisory council, representatives of companies providing transport and logistics services, and others.
Development of cooperation between Duisburg river harbor and St. Petersburg in sea, river, and railway transportation as well as in logistics services was the main theme of the event.
Official part of the reception was opened by Mrs Alexandra Bahmutskaya, Director of St. Petersburg State Public Establishment «Agency of interurban transport».
Mr. Erich Staake, General Director and President of Duisburg river harbor gave in his speech an overview of history, achievements, current situation, and also future of the largest European inner harbor. Duisburg river harbor has been founded more than one hundred years ago and nowadays its area exceeds two million sq. m. Cargo turnover in 2017 - 130 million ton, 4.1 million TEUs.
Duisburg is also a large cargo railway junction in Europe offering the opportunity to reach every significant industrial region. The river harbor actively promotes ties with the East Europe, Russia, and China. With China it has regular railway connection and rail traffic is increasingly growing as more and more customers attracted by tariffs and terms are seeking railway services to deliver their goods from Southeast Asia.

July, 2018

Works relating to Nord Stream – 2 project

Nord Stream - 2 is a new export gas pipeline to be extended from Russia to European countries across the Baltic Sea. The gas pipeline is expected to link Russia directly with the European consumers, thus providing high reliability in the Russian natural gas supplies to Europe. The gas pipeline with the length of more than 1200 km will extend across the bed of the Baltic Sea up to Germany soil. Two gas pipeline strings will have total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Period of construction - from 2018 to 2020.
VTN-Agency, JSC as one of subcontractors of Russian Dredging and Marine Contractors, LLC which is the contractor of Nord Stream 2 AG, provides under project logistics and customs services, including services of customs representative (broker).
In June, 2018 VTN-Agency has provided customs and logistics services relating to shipment of metal elements of trench linings being imported into the Russian Federation. Trench linings would be used in the process of building of coastal constructions and for pipes stacking. Shipments of this kind are expected to arrive on regular basis in coming months. Importation of building machinery for coastal work and specialized ships for work in offshore area will start in the near future.
It`s honorable and responsible mission for VTN-Agency to take part in Nord Stream - 2 project. Company is keen to react promptly and professionally to various inquiries under the project by offering best logistics solutions and providing high-quality services.

May, 2018

Start of manufacturing of new Toyota Camry and 10-years anniversary of Toyota plant in St. Petersburg

A solemn ceremony marking start of manufacturing of the next generation Toyota Camry and 10-years anniversary of Toyota plant in St. Petersburg took place at the plant on May, 25, 2018.
Mr. Masanori Fukushima, Consul General of Japan in St. Petersburg, Mr. Sergey Movchan, vice-governor of St. Petersburg, heads of committees of the City Administration,  representatives of city authorities, and Toyota management and suppliers took part in the event.
The plant has undergone renovations and modernization on a large scale with a view of next generation Toyota Camry manufacturing to be successful.
"VTN-Agency" JSC was in cooperation with Toyota for more than ten years. In 2006 - 2007 during plant construction and importation of technological equipment we have been providing logistics and customs brokerage services, including Classification decisions of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation. From then to the present day we’ve been providing logistics and customs brokerage services related to equipment and spare parts to support operating plant activities and as part of efforts under the projects for expansion and modernization of manufacturing lines.
We consider the invitation of our employees to attend the solemn ceremony that was held on May, 25, 2018, as recognition of our contribution to success and achievements of Toyota in St. Petersburg.

April, 2018

Activists of our primary trade union organization have been awarded commemorative Jubilee tokens «100 years of the Trade union of workers of state-run organizations of the Russian Federation»

«100 years of the Trade union of workers of state-run organizations of the Russian Federation» commemorative Jubilee tokens award ceremony was held on April, 19, 2018 to honor Mr. Alexander Busko, General Director of «Petersburg-Vneshtrans» JSC and Mrs. Tatiana Avdeeva, Deputy General Director of «Petersburg-Vneshtrans» JSC.
The Jubilee token «100 years of the Trade union of workers of state-run organizations of the Russian Federation» was established to award: trade-union workers, trade union activists and veterans who’re making a personal contribution to achievement of statutory goals and to enhancing the credibility of the trade union among workforce; directors of institutions and corporate CEOs who are actively engaging with trade union organizations in implementation of social partnership principles, and persons who’re assisting trade union organizations in achievement of statutory goals.
Mr. Alexander Busko and Mrs. Tatiana Avdeeva are active trade union members, veterans of trade-union movement with track record since 1972 and 1996 respectively. These high-profile awards recognize their personal contribution to achievement of objectives of trade union movement, enhancing the credibility of the trade union among workforce, putting into practice social partnership principles.
Starting from the date of company’s formation in 1935 our primary trade union organization on a regular basis has become part of «the Trade union of public servants» established in 1918.

January, 2018

Labour safety practice to be properly used, can never be forgotten or abused

Mrs. Mila Selesen, lead labour safety and civil defense specialist of Petersburg-Vneshtrans, has marked her 75-th Birthday this month!

Mrs. Selesen works for the company for more than forty five years. Under her supervision Vneshtrans` employees acquire competence in labour safety arrangements and precautions. As a rule scheduled instructions are followed by practical training in the use of fire protection equipment, individual protective gears and collective protective means.

Mila is cheerful and kind-hearted person, reliable friend and co-worker, colleagues say.

On the occasion of her jubilee Mrs. Selesen was awarded honorary certificate for active and dedicated work.

We say “happy birthday” and wish good health, prosperity, and every success in her future endeavors.

December, 2017

People make all the difference!

Sergey Kuznetsov, the chief engineer of “Petersburg-Vneshtrans” JSC, has celebrated his 55th birthday!

Mr. Kuznetsov works for the company for more than three decades. After coming to company fresh from school he obtained qualification and reached position of chief engineer proved to be highly professional expert.

From year 2000 Mr. Kusnetsov is permanent chairman of Petersburg-Vneshtrans primary trade union organization.

We congratulate Sergey on this occasion and wish him energy and success in protecting rights of workers!

October, 2017

«Arms and Hunting 2017» Moscow international exhibition

14-th international exhibition «Arms and Hunting - 2017», the largest hunting and guns show in Moscow, was held in Russian capital in October, 2017. The event annually gathers together foreign and domestic manufacturers, distributors and dealers of hunting and sporting guns, cartridges and hunting equipment.

Traditionally, representatives of VTN companies attend the event to meet with our partners as well as with other participants of the exhibition and to learn more about latest tendencies of this specialized segment of the market.

Business negotiations with a number of participants of the exhibition have confirmed plans of cooperation with our partners for the near future and for the next year and have revealed an interest of new potential customers in customs and logistics services provided by VTN to support customers foreign trade activities.

October, 2017

Shipping of Siemens power generating equipment

From November, 2016 to September, 2017, VTN-Agency has carried out a series of logistics and customs operations required for gas turbine assembly and shipping it out of the Russian Federation.

The package of services included:

- Obtaining a permit for the goods inward processing procedure in the Russian Federation;

- Gas turbine components importation and customs clearance;

- Temporary importation of supporting structures used for transportation and tracking sensors;

- Re-export Customs formalities;

- Completion of the goods inward processing procedure.

September 21, 2017

Hamburg port reception in St. Petersburg

On September, 21, 2017 more than two hundred representatives of the port and transport industry from Hamburg and St. Petersburg have taken part in solemn reception held in St. Petersburg by Port of Hamburg Marketing. The reception was hosted by Mr. Ingo Egloff, Chief executive of the Port of Hamburg Marketing Executive Board and Mrs. Natalia Kapkajewa, Head of the Port of Hamburg Marketing Representative Office in St. Petersburg.

This year’s reception was held at a time when Hamburg and St. Petersburg mark 60 years anniversary since they started twin-towns relations. It was not surprising that issues surrounding this jubilee and prospects of further development between two towns became the main topics of the event.

Hamburg port reception has given a fine opportunity to participants for mutual dialogue. The event has shown striving of business community from Germany and Russia for expansion of cooperation and development of inter-regional relations.

Our people from WTN Spedition GmbH and VTN-Agency took part in the event.

Welcome speech of Dr. Rolf Boesinger, State Counsellor of Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation of Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

August, 2017

Cooperation with the Russian Export Center

VTN-Agency is developing cooperation with Russian Export Center (REC).

The Russian Export Center ( provides comprehensive and targeted support to exporters and the companies engaged in international trade. VTN-Agency has obtained accreditation from the Center as company with required expertise in international economic activities and with the ability to provide clients of the Center with the expert support.

REC' Partner program that VTN-Agency participates in, is the convenient and useful tool both for exporters, and for REC' partners who are experts in logistics and customs.

June, 2017

VTN-Agency company`s corporate news

The meeting of the Board of directors of VTN-Agency was held on June 16, 2017. As a result of the meeting Mrs. Tatyana Avdeeva was elected as Chairman of Board of directors.

Mrs. T. Avdeeva has over 10 years of business experience in VTN companies at a senior management level.


May, 2017

TransRussia 2017, Breakbulk Russia 2017 events. “Logistics Solutions made in Germany” Round Table Discussion

TransRussia 2017, 22-nd international exhibition on freight, transportation and logistics has taken place in Moscow from April 18th to 20th, 2017.

TransRussia is the largest business event for transport and logistics services, technologies and machinery held in Russia. The exhibition annually attracts cargo carriage and freight forwarding specialists, railroad/ seaports/ cargo terminals operators, customs representatives, manufacturers of cargo carrying vehicles and cargo handling equipment, IT experts.

Visiting the exhibition and participating in the event became a good tradition for people from VTN companies. We enjoy the opportunity to interact with logistics community, to get acquainted with the latest trends in logistics, to share our achievements and plans.

Along with TransRussia 2017 event in Moscow there were held Breakbulk Russia 2017 exhibition for project, over-sized and heavy-weighed cargoes and the round table discussion “Logistics Solutions made in Germany”. The round table discussion was organized by Logistics Alliance Germany, the association including a number of the German logistics companies. VTN representatives took part in these events.

April, 2017

XIV Germany Week in Saint Petersburg

On April 5, in Saint Petersburg was held the solemn opening of XIV Germany Week.

The slogan of the Week of Germany 2017 - «the Gateway to the world» - inspires participants to develop dialogue and establish connections between German and Russian partners to create a solid ground for mutual teamwork to respond to the challenges of our time. The program of the Week includes range of educational, economic and cultural activities with a view to enhance and expand perspectives of cooperation between Saint Petersburg and cities and states of Germany.

This Week’s events are taking place in the context of 60-years anniversary of establishing partner relations between sister cities St. Petersburg and Hamburg.

Dr. Eltje Aderhold, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in St. Petersburg, Mr. Olaf Scholz, First Mayor of Hamburg, Mr. Konstantin Sukhenko, Chairman of the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg City Administration, Mr. Vatanyar Yagya, authorized representative of Chairman of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, and other officials delivered speeches at the opening ceremony.

By the invitation of Dr. Christian Altmann, Director of the Northwest branch of the Russian - German Chamber of Commerce, representatives of WTN Spedition GmbH attended solemn opening ceremony and took part in Week’s events.

March, 2017

Shipping of Siemens power generating equipment

In January - February, 2017, VTN-Agency has carried out a series of operations required for successful realization of the contract on gas turbine assembly and turbine transportation to Germany. Gas turbine was manufactured by Siemens Gas Turbine Technologies, one of the Siemens enterprises in Russia.

The package of services, among other, included:

- Obtaining a permit for the goods inward processing procedure in the Russian Federation,

- Chamber of commerce and industry expert findings on components,

- Gas turbine components importation and customs clearance,

- Customs clearance of wastes,

- Certificate of origin for compensating products,

- Customs formalities for the gas turbine re-export and

- Completion of the goods inward processing procedure by gas turbine shipping.

January, 2017

Commemorative token from Baltic Mercur

Over a span of two decades VTN companies have been successfully cooperating with Baltic Merkur, the agent of Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers shipping line. Baltic Mercur offers a wide range of services in sea shipments as well as in cargo forwarding. On the occasion of 20-years company anniversary special commemorative tokens were released to be presented to most reliable partners of the company. It is a great pleasure that our work has been highly appreciated by our colleagues from Baltic Mercur.

December, 2016

Membership in Self-regulated organization «National association of customs representatives»

In October, 2016 marked one year since the official registration of the Association Self-regulated organization «National association of customs representatives» (SRO «NACR»). VTN-Agency was actively involved in formation of the Association and joined the Association as one of its members.

SRO «NACR» initiatives are aimed at the development of the conception of branch` self-regulation in customs representatives business. The Association is seeking to implement professional standards and rules in business of customs representatives to improve quality of their works and services. The Association develops legislative initiatives to lower administrative barriers and to improve customs legislation.

Association activities are supported by number of officials and official bodies, including administration of St.-Petersburg, customs authorities, chambers of commerce and industry, Agency of strategic initiatives.

Representatives of Association are now included in public council at North-Western transport prosecutor`s office and in the expert advisory council at North-Western Customs Administration.


October, 5, 2016

Consulate General of Germany in St. Petersburg reception on the occasion of Day of German unity

On October, 5, 2016 the grand reception in Astoria hotel was held by Consulate General of Germany on the occasion of Day of German unity: it’s been 26 years since the date of falling of the Berlin wall.

Speech of Dr. Eltje Aderhold, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in St. Petersburg, recently entered in a post, was interesting and informative. The speech dealt with issues of close ties between Germany and North-Western Region of the Russian Federation: there are more than seven hundred companies in the region with German participation, a lot of high school students are studying German language, cooperation in science and student's exchange are developing, the German culture events are taking place, and ties between twin-cities are maintained. Dr. Aderhold noted that Germans and Russian are willing to learn better each other and cooperate, and she, in turn, is ready to help in this cooperation.

Reception was held in very cordial atmosphere. Among guests were vice-governors of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region, representatives of Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg, figures from Academia, artists and businessmen. Representatives of WTN Spedition GmbH were among invited guests.

Dr. Eltje Aderhold, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in St. Petersburg and Mrs. Tatiana Avdeeva, General Director of WTN Spedition GmbH

October, 2016

Delivery of the equipment to Toyota plant in Russia

In September, 2016 "VTN-Agency" has successfully provided package of customs and logistics services to deliver injection molding machine for plastic molded parts’ shop of Toyota plant in Russia (LLC “Toyota Motor” branch in St. Petersburg). Supply of the equipment occurred as part of efforts for production modernization and plant capacity expansion project. The shipment included oversized and heavy pieces.