Containerised cargo is a popular mode of travel to Russia from many ports in the world. Currently the only direct line from the UK to Russia is the Containership vessel operating from Teeside to St. Petersburg port every week. The transit time on this route is about 5 days. From St. Petersburg there are many more inland connections available by road, rail and river.
The containers on board the vessel are classed as unaccompanied so if you have a full load for a 40' container or truck the container service would be more economical.
In winter, transit times to St. Petersburg can be affected due to the port freezing over.