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

Increasing Competitiveness of the TSR


In the framework of the CCTT Working Group “On improving the competitiveness of the Trans-Siberian route” (WG CCTT IC TSM), work is being done to facilitate the organization and implementation of cargo transportation on the Trans-Siberian Railway as part of container trains and to increase the commercial attractiveness of cargo transportation in large-capacity containers in international traffic by:

  • formation of a competitive through tariff rate for the transportation of goods along the Trans-Siberian route;

  • improve the quality of service, incl. cargo safety;

  • assistance in eliminating "barrier sites" on the Trans-Siberian route;

  • on the introduction of electronic document management (project "Electronic train");

  • to ensure the safety of goods (project "Security train").

The CCTT WG TCM TCM continuously monitors the functioning of the Transsib transport corridor, in an operational manner, as well as at working meetings, issues related to the running of container block trains in Euro-Asian traffic are reviewed and resolved.


The implementation of the decisions taken at the 26th CCTT Plenary Meeting ensured a positive dynamics of the volume of international cargo transportation along the Trans-Siberian Railway.

The main focus in the development of container transit was made on the key segment of transportation in the East-West-East direction.

The achieved increase in the volume of traffic became possible due to the work of the railways and transport and logistics companies (members of the CCTT) to increase the number of regular transit services, expand the geography of their coverage, cargo base, and improve their quality.

Within the framework of the CCTT activities for the period of 2017 - 2018, new container services were launched in the China-Europe communication, expanding the geography of Trans-Siberian transportations:

- China (Changchun) - South Korea (Busan) / operator FESCO

- Czech Republic (Prague) - China (Yiwu) / operator JSC "OTLK ERA"

- China (Zhengzhou) - Germany (Munich) / JSC "OTLK ERA"

- China (Zhengzhou) - Germany (Hamburg) / operator FESCO

- Poland (Lodz) - China (Chengdu) / operator of JSC "OTLK ERA"

- China (Korla) - Germany (Duisburg) / operator JSC "OTLK ERA"

- China (Wuhan) - France (Duisburg) / operators of OTLK ERA JSC, GEFCO,

- China (Urumqi) - Finland / operator PJSC TransContainer,

- China (Chengdu) - Austria (Vienna) / operators PJSC TransContainer, Rail Cargo Group.

Container Corporation of Chinese Railways (CRCT) is actively implementing the «China Railway Express» project, launched in 2016.

JSC "OTLK ERA" is actively developing new directions for transit transportation. The company has developed new routes for the transport of container cargo through additional border crossings on the border of Belarus and Poland (Bruzgi / Kuznica and Svisloch-Semyanuvka).

JSC "OTLK ERA" launched transport services to the EU through the Kaliningrad region (the regular running of 1 pair of trains per week is carried out from the second quarter of 2018). Together with PJSC "TransContainer" the company develops transportation through Finland.

PJSC "TransContainer" launched a new container service on the routes Durzh (France) – Moscow, through the territory of Belarus and Durge (France) – China, through the territory of Slovakia.

"InterRail Holding AG" actively expands the geography of container services from China to England, Spain and other European countries. Together with PJSC "TransContainer" they launched new services on the routes Rotterdam - Moscow, Nakhodka - Tashkent in 2018.

FESCO launched new services "Fast Way" – the accelerated regular container transportation from the ports of Japan and South Korea to Moscow via the Vladivostok Commercial Sea Port.

On April 18, 2018, within the framework of the international exhibition TransRussia-2018 held in Moscow, a meeting of the «CCTT Sub-Working Group on the Development of Mongolian Transit» took place. At the meeting, the issues of organization of container transportation through the territory of Mongolia were considered.

A major contribution to the development of container transportation through Mongolia is provided by JSC "Ulan Bator Railway", IFFC, Tuushin Company, CJSC "Eurosib SPb. - Transport systems »

The main activities aimed at increasing the efficiency of container transportations on the main transit routes of the Asia-Pacific region - Europe are defined within the framework of CCTT:

  • Train traffic schedules were developed and agreed upon.

The train paths (Dostyk-Brest and back) were defined in 2018 for container trains operated in China – Europe – China connection. The schedule provides for a high route speed of trains on the network of Russian Railways. In some areas it exceeds 1000 km / day. The average route speed on the site is 870 km / day.

When transporting goods through the border crossings of Zabaikalsk and Naushki, train paths were defined for transit container trains, which make it possible to form and send trains of conventional length in the range of 57-71 cars.

  • The stability of transit tariffs for container transportations has been ensured.

The CCTT secretariat organizes work on developing a competitive through-rate for the transportation of containerized cargoes along the Trans-Siberian route.

Thus, in accordance with the decisions of CCTT, the tariffs for container transportation for the delivery of goods from the APR to Europe have been fixed since 2007. Taking into account the imbalance of freight flows, differentiated rates were established in the East-West and West-East directions.

Taking into account the imbalance of freight flows, differentiated rates were established in the East-West and West-East directions.

The discount is up to 64% of the basic tariffs, depending on the route,
the direction of transportation and the size of the container.

Also, special tariffs have been established for the transportation of containers in private wagons transported from the Republic of Belarus to China since 2017. The accepted tariff level corresponds to a discount in the amount of 24 to 33%, depending on the border crossing.

In addition, a discount of 55% were established for container transportation to Central Asia and vice versa through the Far Eastern ports of Russia.

  • • New technologies are introduced, which allow increasing the speed of the container train and the carrying capacity.

Transit container trains passing through the Zabaikalsk border crossing are included in the program "Transsib for 7 days".

JSC «OTLK ERA» implements a new technology of sending long container trains «UTLC XL train» (eXtra Long train) - a train with a length of 80 conventional wagons consisting of forty four 80-foot platforms.

  • Work is underway to simplify border and customs control procedures.

The CCTT Secretariat interacts on an ongoing basis with the FCS of Russia on the implementation of the Council's decisions related to the simplification of customs procedures.

In order to simplify the customs control procedures, the CCTT Secretariat, within the framework of the CCTT Work Group on Enhancing Competitiveness of Euro-Asian Transportation and the CCTT Work Group on the Development of the Information Technology, is working to implement electronic workflows when carrying out freight transportation in international traffic.

Within the framework of cooperation with OSZD and CIT, the CCTT Secretariat is working to promote the introduction of the CIM/SMGS unified railway consignment note in the organization of international freight transportations as part of container trains.

• Work is carried out to coordinate the interaction of railways and seaports within the framework of the organization of multimodal transport chains.

A round table on the topic "Port - Railway: the formation of a unified logistics system" was held on March 27, 2018 in the press center of the Publishing House "Gudok" with the participation of CCTT.

In particular, the issues on the dynamics and structure of transport to the seaports for the current year were discussed, as well as the issues on improving the information interaction of the railway with the ports.

A technical visit to the Yokohama port took place On May 30, 2018 in the framework of the IV CCTT Business Forum in Tokyo

  1.  Ensuring the safety of goods carried by the Trans-Siberian Railway.

          The work is carried out within the framework of the CCTT project "Security train", which provides for the implementation of end-to-end technology for ensuring the safety of cargos using "electronic seals"

A joint meeting of security structures and organizations of Russia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan took place in Tashkent On October 4-5, 2017, within the framework of the CCTT "Security Train" project.

On the fields of the event, issues of interaction of security structures within the framework of the signed agreements, prospects for development, issues of creating of a single service for the information exchange on the state of transported cargoes between security agencies participating in the Agreements, as well as prospects for expanding cooperation between security organizations of Asian countries and the European Union, consolidation of security structures of the CIS and Baltic countries in a single coordinating body.

Representatives of «IPC Strazh», «RD Group», «Novakom Project» and other IT companies, also participated in the event, touched upon the issues of the use of electronic technical means of cargo control and protection as well as the integration of electronic devices and software into the security process of cargo transportation.

The Work meeting on the use of electronic devices for the monitoring and protection of cargoes transported as part of container trains in international traffic via the Trans-Siberian mainline was held in Prague from November 30 to December 1, 2017. The event was attended by representatives of "CD Cargo", JSC "RZD", «FGP VZD Russia», operational and IT companies of Russia and Belarus. Within the framework of the meeting, the issues of using of electronic devices for cargo transportation in international traffic were discussed, as well as the routes for pilot shipments of container trains were defined.

Within the framework of the 23 International Conference "TransRussia - 2018", CCTT organized a Discussion Session "How Digitalization Promotes the Safety of Cargoes" on April 17, 2018.

During the discussion the following issues were considered:

  • What competencies and services should be developed in the era of digitalization of economy.

  • Necessary legislative initiatives for the development of digital logistics.

  • Experience in the use of intelligent systems for tracking cargo and electronic seals in the organization of container transport in the Euro-Asian connection.

  • The CCTT project "Security train".

  • Digital technologies on interaction between national security structures. Delimitation of responsibility for the protection of containers transported with the use of an electronic locking and sealing device in the China-Europe-China connection.

  • Prospects for the implementation of IoT (Internet - things) technology on the basis of the electronic locking and sealing device. Information and technological security. 

A meeting on the issue: "Security of cargoes transported by rail and the implementation of the CCTT " Security Train " project was held under the chairmanship of the first deputy general director of JSC Russian Railways Krasnoshchek AA., on September 18, 2018 in Moscow.

  1. Attraction of a new cargo base on the Trans-Siberian route.

Within the framework of the project "Postal item railway transportation (RailPost)" in accordance with the joint action plan of CCTT, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the International Committee for Rail Transport (CIT) pilot dispatches of containers with postal cargoes were organized as part of route trains from China to Europe in 2017 - 2018..

The Working Group of the Universal Postal Union, which includes the CCTT Secretariat, is working on the preparation of Recommendations for the creation of a Postal item railway transportation.

The third meeting of the Working Group on the project " Postal item railway transportation (RailPost)" under the auspices of the Universal Postal Union was held on April 24, 2018. in Bern (Switzerland).

Pilot shipments started in October 2017. At the moment, 34 pilots have been dispatched within the Project, including 645 946 postal items with a total weight of 190 tons.

According to forecasts for 2018 – the total volume of postal item transportation will amount up to 3 million items (120 containers). The main nomenclature of goods is e-commerce goods.

  1. Monitoring of the functioning of the Transsib transport corridor.

The work is carried out within the framework of the CCTT project "Trans-Siberian route: multimodal Euro-Asian transport network"

The CCTT Secretariat prepared the Annual TSR Digest 2018 publication for the 27th Plenary Meeting of the Council. The digest deals with analytical and practical information about technological advantages, pricing incentives and beneficial timing of the transit rail service for the cargo transportation from/to Asia to/from Europe via the TSR.

The partners of the project are: PJSC «TransContainer», FESCO, SIA SIGIS, IPC «Strazh»