XXIX CCTT Plenary Meeting in videoconference mode
Mr. Oleg Belozerov, General Director – Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways, Chairman of the CCTT, opened the XXIX Plenary Meeting of the International Coordinating Council on Trans-Eurasian Transportation (CCTT), which takes place in a videoconference mode on November 5-6, the press service of the Russian Railways Holding said.
In his speech, he noted that the global challenge associated with the pandemic has opened new "windows of opportunity" for railway workers to increase traffic volumes and build sustainable and popular logistics chains. At the same time, in his opinion, the role of the CCTT is increasing.
"Our goal is ambitious: to increase the importance of railways as the most efficient and "green" mode of transport on the Eurasian continent. To do this, we will have to find solutions to important issues related to improving the quality and competitiveness of the Trans – Eurasian corridors" said Oleg Belozerov.
The Head of Russian Railways called the modernization of the transport infrastructure a fundamental factor in improving the competitiveness of Euro-Asian rail transit. At the same time, according to him, it is important to develop not only the track and station infrastructure, but also to create modern transport and logistics hubs and dry ports integrated into the network of regular container train routes.
Oleg Belozerov called the operational adjustment of tariffs the most important measure for preserving the cargo base and ensuring the competitiveness of rail transport, recalling that Russian Railways in 2020 kept the tariffs for transit transportation in containers at the level of 2019.
"On the platform of the CCTT are born new solutions, leading to serious results, even in the conditions of a pandemic. Therefore, I believe that the CCTT should play a more active role in forming a competitive through-tariff rate" said Belozerov.
He also noted that during the pandemic, the requirements for the delivery time of a number of goods, primarily personal protective equipment, medicines and equipment, have significantly increased, so now the work of railway workers in this direction is particularly important. Thus, the implementation of a number of technological measures by the railways of China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia and Belarus has made it possible to increase the average speed of transit container traffic to 1000-1100 km/day, while the goal is to increase the delivery speed to 1.4 thousand km/day in the sections of the Russian Railways infrastructure. The delivery time from China to Europe is no more than 14 days, and on the 1520 mm track section on the route through Kazakhstan-only 5 days.
According to Oleg Belozerov, the creation of favorable legal conditions is a vital condition for the successful development of cargo transportation in the Eurasian space. In addition, he called the transition to electronic document management a reliable basis for solving the problem of eliminating administrative barriers for business. Digitalization and environmental issues, according to Oleg Belozerov, should also enter the area of standing attention of the CCTT.
"The formation of effective logistics chains and cargo transportation processes is possible only with close cooperation of all stakeholders, based on the principles of openness and partnership. This directly affects the improvement of the service and the most effective use of the potential of all members of CCTT" concluded Oleg Belozerov.
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