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

Harmonisation of the International Transport Law

The CCTT Working Group on Harmonization of International Transport Law (CCTT WG HITL) is constantly analyzing the current regulatory framework governing international rail freight transport, in particular: the existing legal system within the Intergovernmental Organization for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF), The Organization for Cooperation between Railways (OSJD), UN Regional Commissions (UNECE and ESCAP).

Within the group, proposals are made on the current changes and additions to the regulatory legal framework governing international rail freight (SMGS, Agreement on the use of freight wagons in international traffic, Agreement on Rules and Settlements for International Freight and Passenger Traffic, accepted changes in carriage document CIM / SMGS). Taken into account the experience in the organization of shipments under the SMGS electronic consignment note and the prospects for the use of the CIM/SMGS electronic consignment note, including interaction with regulatory authorities in electronic format.

For the purpose of forming proposals for updating international treaties and agreements regulating international rail freight transport, the following areas are defined:

  1. Expanding the geography of applying the CIM / SMGS consignment note by extending its influence to transit traffic from / to Finland, Central Asia (Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), as well as continuing to work with Chinese railways and Chinese consignors to increase the number of routes in the direction of China - Europe with the registration of consignment note CIM / SMGS.

  2. The creation of a regulatory legal framework governing international multimodal transport.

  3. The creation of a regulatory legal framework governing international railway container and piggyback transportation.

  4. Consideration of the possibility of introducing changes in the OSJD regulations related to the order of crossing the borders of cars (containers) with electronic sealing devices installed on them.

  5. Improving the automated information system of electronic interaction with customs authorities, which allows exchanging electronic data and documents with a single automated information system of the Federal Customs Service when performing customs operations with export and import goods, and transferring customs operations related to completion of customs transit to electronic form, as well as implementing transit declaration in automatic mode.

Based on the proposals of the participants, a draft work plan / composition of the WG for 2018-2019 was formed.

The activity of the CCTT WG HITL ultimately contributes to the development of proposals for updating international treaties and agreements regulating international rail freight transport, and also contributes to the creation of an improved regulatory legal framework that meets the interests of all participants in the transportation process.

On September 11, 2018, a meeting of the CCTT WG HITL was held in terms of a review of the current legal framework governing international rail transport, the formation of proposals and the updating of the group's work plan for the period up to 2019.