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Results of the XXII Plenary Meeting of the Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation  15.11.2013 21:29

The 22nd Plenary Meeting of the CCTT was held on 14 and 15 November this year in Budapest. 

I. Participants.

The meeting was attended by over 230 delegates from 25 countries: heads and plenipotentiary representatives of Ministry of National Development of Hungary, Ministry of Transport of Russia, Federal Tariff Service of Russia, Federal Customs Service of Russia, RZD OAO, railways of European, Asian, CIS and Baltic states, sea ports of Germany, Latvia, Norway, Sweden and China, shipping companies, international transport organizations: the Organization for Railways Cooperation, the International Union of Railways, the International Rail Transport Committee, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, FERRMED, the European Intermodal Association, NEA/Panteia, the European Commission, national and international associations of freight forwarders, and leading transport and logistics companies.

The meeting was hosted by MÁV Zrt. (Hungarian State Railways), represented by President & Director General Ilona Dávid, Deputy Director General for Operation of Infrastructure and Business Development László Pál and others.

Mr. Pál Völner, Minister of State for Infrastructure of Ministry of National Development of Hungary, and Mr. Sergey Aristov, State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Transport of Russia, delivered a welcome address at the beginning of the meeting.

During the meeting Péter Szijjártó, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and External Economic Relations of Hungary, reported on Hungary’s “opening to the East” policy and on the planned construction of the V0 railway line in particular.

Railways were represented by: Head of Belarusian Railway Vladimir Morozov, Georgi Drumev, Managing Director of BDZ – Tovarnni Prevosi, deputy heads and representatives of railways of Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Poland, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, the Republic of Korea, China and Mongolia.

The number of speakers totalled 45, 30 during Day 1 and 15 during Day 2.

II. Scope of issues

Participants of the meeting considered the complete scope of issues on the agenda and proposed some measures to improve the efficiency of container cargo transportation between European and Baltic countries, Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific region under an economic crisis.

The questions discussed and considered as a basis for making decisions included:

  • creation of integrated terminal and logistics services covering 1520 and 1435 mm gauge railway systems;
  • main challenges of transit, import and export carriage of containers on the Trans-Siberian Route, measures to improve its efficiency;
  • simplification of customs control procedures for transit goods carried on the TSR; 
  • obtaining a competitive through rate on freight transport on the Trans-Siberian Route;
  • advanced cargo delivery solutions (3PL/4PL contract logistics);
  • development of liner services on the sea section of the Trans-Siberian Route;
  • development of CCTT member sea ports;
  • harmonization of international documentation procedures for freight transport;
  • practices of the use of the Unified CIM/SMGS consignment note for international carriage of goods by rail; development of a CIM/SMGS consignment note for combined rail and sea transport;
  • development of technologies, facilitating advance presentation of cargo information and electronic interaction between the parties involved in Trans-Siberian transportation;
  • implementation of the Electronic Train project of the CCTT on the Chengdu – Lodz route;
  • adoption of geoinformation systems for tracking and ensuring safety of cargo and vehicles on the routes of container trains;
  • strengthening and development of business cooperation with APR countries: China, Japan and the Republic of Korea;
  • geographic expansion of Trans-Siberian transportation;
  • CCTT’s cooperation with international organizations: OSJD, UIC, CIT, UNECE Inland Transport Committee, UNESCAP, FIATA and others;
  • CCTT’s undertaking the functions of the Steering Committee of OSJD Transport Corridor 1, which exactly matches the Trans-Siberian Route.

Participants of the meeting stated their general opinion that creating a competitive transport product is essential for facilitating trade relations between East and West.

It was also noted that international high-capacity container traffic on the Trans-Siberian mainline totalled about 640 thousand TEU, growth of 15% as compared with 2011, including more than 286 thousand TEU carried by container trains.

Transit traffic more than doubled last year over 2011 and totalled 102 thousand TEU. In the first 9 months of this year transit traffic reached about 87 thousand TEU, up 12% year-over-year, including over 65 thousand TEU carried by container trains.

High-capacity container traffic by rail between Russia and China totalled some 350 thousand TEU in 2012, up 14% from 2011. High-capacity container traffic by rail between Russia and the Republic of Korea was over 100 thousand TEU in 2012, growth of 31% over 2011. The traffic between Russia and Japan in 2012 totalled over 42 thousand TEU, up 13% year-over-year.

III. Results of the meeting:

1. RZD OAO and MAV Zrt. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (in Russian and Hungarian).

2. The information about the progress in realisation of the Programme of Measures to Develop Container Transportation on the Trans-Siberian Mainline Until 2015 by RZD OAO and the Transsib in 7 Days transport project.

3. The meeting considered long-term proposals to adopt a new technology for electronic execution of legal documents.

4. The meeting supported the proposals by TransContainer OAO to improve the efficiency of dry ports, develop integrated multimodal transport technologies and create favourable tariff conditions for the development of transit traffic on the Trans-Siberian mainline.

5. The meeting supported the proposal by ZHASO OAO to create and adopt a new insurance product, which could provide financial protection for Trans-Siberian freight transport.

6. 3 new members were admitted to the CCTT:

-         China Railway Container Transport Corp., Ltd./CRCT;

-         ChOP Zheleznodorozhnaya Okhrana OOO, security company (Russia);

-         SRR AS (Latvia).

As of 15 November 2013, the CCTT had 100 members from 23 countries.

7. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the CCTT, most active members were awarded Honorary Diplomas for contributing to the development of the CCTT.

8. The meeting appointed the CCTT Working Groups on Increasing Competitiveness of the Trans-Siberian Route and on IT Development.

The CCTT Secretariat will shortly prepare Work Plans for 2013-2014 for Working Groups.

  1. The UIC Global Team of Experts held a session on international transport corridors, featuring experts from UIC, OSJD, CCTT, UNESCAP, UNECE Inland Transport Committee, CIT and FIATA.

10. Results of the 22nd Plenary Meeting of the CCTT were recorded in the minutes, in Russian and English.

The decisions of the 22nd Plenary Meeting of the CCTT will be used as a basis for further improvement of Trans-Siberian transportation as well as attracting transit and foreign trade cargo flows onto the Trans-Siberian Route.

11. At the end of the meeting a press conference was held. The meeting was massively covered by the media (RZD TV, the RZD Partner and Transport magazines, the Gudok newspaper and others).