Координационный Совет по Транссибирским перевозкам
Coordinating Council on
Trans-Siberian Transportation


The International Rail Transport Committee (CIT) is an association of some 200 railway undertakings and shipping companies which provide international passenger and/or freight services. 120 organisations are members in their own right, 80 organisations are linked indirectly by being members of CIT associate members. The CIT is an association under Swiss law (Article 60 et seq. ZGB [Swiss Code of Civil Law]) and is based in Bern.

CCTT and CIT cooperation

According to the CCTT-CIT Memorandum of Co-operation the organizations are working on international transport law harmonization.

The CCTT Secretariat and expert group participated in the CIT/OSJD seminar on practical use of the common CIM/SMGS consignment note (30 November 2011, Bern).
On 1 December, 2011 in Basel the CCTT Working Group on IT development and the CIM/SMGS Steering and Coordinating Groups of the CIT and OSJD held a joint meeting to discuss the implementation of CCTT’s Electranic Train pilot project.
The CCTT Secretariat participates on a regular basis in the Multimodality Working Group of the CIT, which examines the possibilities of application of the common CIM/SMGS consignment note for rail/sea transportation and establishment of a unified carriage document.
CIT experts also participate in the activities of CCTT working groups.

In Paris, on 12 December 2012, the Secretary General of the CCTT, Gennadiy Bessonov, and the Secretary General of the CIT, Cesare Brand, signed a Programme of Coopera-tion between the Coordinating Council on Transsiberian Transportation and the International Rail Transport Com-mittee for the period from 2013 to 2015. The protocol is based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the CIT and the CCTT of 10 May 2011.


The two organisations place a high priority on establishing unified railway law and in particular on preparing general terms and conditions for transsiberian transport services on Euro-Asia transport corridors (GTC EurAsia).

CIT and CCTT have also agreed to intensify their collabora-tion on harmonising the legal basis for handling international freight shipments. In addition, the following lines of action of short-term mutual interest are included in the protocol: the use of the common CIM/SMGS consignment note for sim-plifying procedures and minimising the time spent at border crossings, incl. improvement of customs clearance and processing transit, export and import procedures; the use of the common CIM/SMGS consignment note for multimodal rail/sea shipments and the establishment of uniform stand-ards and Internet platforms for the use of the electronic CIM/SMGS consignment note for transsiberian rail freight shipments.