The Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian transportation and the Alliance ACEX discussed the issues of cooperation for 2018
On January 25, 2018, a working meeting was held between Miroslav Zolotarev, Chairman of the Board of the first Russian International Logistics Alliance ACEX, and Gennady Bessonov, Secretary General of the International Association Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian transportation.
The meeting was held within the framework of the Memorandum of cooperation between the two organizations signed on May 5, 2017. The purpose of the meeting was the discussion of the results of 2017 and plans of CCTT in 2018 and the definition of target areas and the unique business projects of mutual interest, in terms of ways to implement them within the capabilities of the Alliance ACEX.
According to the Memorandum, the parties assist each other in covering their activities and invite participants of organizations to participate, interact and cooperate.
Important directions and trends of strategic development of the East-West international transport corridor in relation to the existing business projects were discussed at the meeting. Gennady Bessonov mentioned that Russia's role as a natural transit corridor between Europe and Asia remains extremely important and does not lose its relevance in connection with the development of other participants in the international market of new transport corridors, in particular the "New silk road", which is China's project to optimize, control and manage the supply chains of Chinese goods to Europe. China is investing heavily in this project, build transport and storage infrastructure in neighboring countries of Russia, which fully controls.
Russia also needs to develop its own infrastructure along the Trans-Siberian route, create opportunities for expanding the flow of goods through the corridor passing through the country, and invest in long-term and promising projects.
The participants of the meeting agreed that the focus of the development of transport arteries should be aimed at meeting the needs of producers of goods from different countries to quickly and efficiently deliver their products to any international market. Russia's role in this aspect is great with regard to the delivery of goods primarily from China and Japan to Europe.
Gennady Bessonov noted that the transportation of goods is a technological process and the future of successful development and growth of commodity consumption and trade depends on how this process is built and regulated. To ensure the availability of goods in European markets, producers build hubs to consolidate their goods, and Russia needs to offer producers the possibility of such consolidation at the border crossing points between Russia and the European Union.
The main task is to ensure the intermodality of the process, the interface of railway, road and air transport.
Container turnover on the Trans-Siberian railway has increased several times in recent years, only in 2017 the increase is about 17.8%, while the existing infrastructure to ensure the delivery of goods only by rail from China to Europe approaches the limit of its technological capabilities, the existing capacity in Poland can not cope with the timely processing of containers.
According to Russian Railways, in 2017, 1 million 805.6 thousand TEU (+7.4%) was sent in domestic communication, 417.3 thousand TEU (+59.2%) in transit, 968.4 thousand TEU (+20.1%) in export, 707.8 thousand TEU (+33.2%) in import. This rapid growth on the one hand shows the success of Russian Railways and railway logistics operators, on the other hand, causes a number of problems in connection with the lagging behind infrastructure.
The Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian transportation is actively working towards finding solutions to existing problems. These topics are devoted to the main events of the CCTT Association, which are scheduled for 2018: the CCTT Plenary meeting in Astana in October, the CCTT conference, scheduled within the framework of the Transport logistics exhibition in Shanghai on may 16-18. In Tokyo, the CCTT meeting is scheduled for May 30-31 for the development of Russian-Japanese relations within the framework of the cross "Year of Russia in Japan" And "Year of Japan in Russia", an agreement on which was reached in December 2017 during the stay of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Japan.
Miroslav Zolotarev noted that the most effective way to develop transport infrastructure is through the implementation of effective business projects, which are implemented by market participants, companies and corporations in the interaction of Russian and foreign capital. Projects that are supported at the state level and can lead to subsequent intergovernmental agreements.
In General, the parties assessed the cooperation between the organizations in 2017 as constructive and promising. The Association and Alliance had a successful experience of joint participation at the booth of the Alliance ACEX at the exhibition "Transport Logistic Munich" in May 2017, the participation of the representatives of the Alliance in a plenary meeting of the CCTT in Beijing in September 2017, as well as in CCTT organized by international business forum "New opportunities and prospects for the development of Euro-Asian freight transport" in Tokyo, Japan in may 2017.
In this regard, the parties continue to move in the direction of the development of relations outlined earlier and are confident that 2018 will bring real results to the implementation of initiatives.
The International Association "Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian transportation" (CCTT) is a non-profit transport Association with an unlimited period of activity registered in the main register of the Canton of St. Gallen (Switzerland) on February 21, 1997. The founders of the CCTT are: Ministry of Railways of the Russian Federation (since 2003 after reorganization — JSC Russian Railways), DB AG (DB AG), Association of European Trans-Siberian operators (GETO), Korean Association of international freight forwarders (KIFFA). Currently, the CCTT has more than 100 collective members in 23 countries, including — Railways of Europe, Asia and CIS countries, leading sea carriers, operators and forwarders, ports and stevedoring companies, state organizations, administrations and municipalities, Telecom and marketing companies, security and the media.
Alliance "ACEX" is the first Russian international logistics Alliance of independent Russian and foreign logistic companies, with the aim of developing a joint business connected with logistics and customs clearance on the territory of Russia and CIS countries. The Alliance includes the strongest and most experienced freight forwarding and logistics companies from different regions of Russia and the world in their countries and regions.