Delegation of OSJD Committee took part in the XXVIII-th CCTT Plenary Meeting
During the period from 19 till 20 September, 2019, at the invitation of the “NC Kazakstan Temir Zholy” JSC, the XXVIII-th Plenary Meeting of the International Association “Coordinating Council for Trans-Siberian Transportation” (CCTT) was held in the city of Nur-Sultan (Republic of Kazakhstan). 240 delegates from 26 countries took part in the meeting: heads and plenipotentiaries of transport ministries and departments, railways, seaports, shipping, transport and logistics enterprises, security and IT companies of Kazakhstan, Russia and other CIS countries, the Baltic States, Europe and Asia, as well as other leading international organisations and associations in the field of transport - UNESCAP, CIT, UIC, FIATA, FERRMED. The delegation of the OSJD Committee was represented by the Deputy Chairman of the OSJD Committee, Mikhail Vsevolozhskiy and Chairperson of the OSJD Commission on Freight Traffic, Zubaida Aspayeva.
The CCTT Plenary Meeting is an annual event of the organisation’s members, within the framework of which the results of the Council’s activities over the past year are summarized, current problems of the international transport corridors’ operation are discussed, and measures are taken to increase their competitiveness.
The format of the CCTT Plenary Meetings allows its participants to determine further areas of the CCTT activities, establish business contacts, exchange experience and establish operational interaction regarding the organisation and development of transportation using the Trans-Siberian route.
The significance of this event is preconditioned by the support for it from the government agencies, railways, leading operator and forwarding companies, transport unions and international organisations.
At the opening of the meeting, Vice Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan Berik Kamaliev and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Kazakhstan Alexey Borodavkin addressed the participants.
In his report, CCTT Chairman, General Director and Chairman of the Board of the Russian Railways OJSC Oleg Belozyorov noted the high transit potential of Eurasian transport routes: “The role of the Kazakhstan railway network can hardly be overestimated. It is here that all the advantages of the railway are revealed when delivering goods over long distances, as well as when organising a transcontinental route.” He also emphasized that thanks to the active work of the railways, shipping and forwarding companies, operators, seaports, and government organisations being members of the CCTT, not only the TransSiberian Railway Line has become competitive, but also the Eurasian routes connecting the countries of the Asia-Pacific region and Europe, competitive transport products that meet international quality standards and increase the investment attractiveness of infrastructure projects. “Today we are witnessing an increase in the volume of railway container traffic between China and Europe, which is outstripping not only the growth rate of the Euro-Asian freight traffic by other modes of transport, but also the dynamics of foreign trade”, Oleg Belozyorov added. “In 2018, the transportation of large containers across the Trans-Siberian Railway Line in international traffic grew by 23% and amounted to about 950 thousand units, of which almost 214 thousand were in transit (every fourth container). As for this year, over 727 thousand containers have been transported along the TransSiberian Railway Line (excluding the Dostyk border crossing point) for the past 8 months. This is almost a quarter more than for the same period of the previous year. The transit traffic amounted to 151 thousand containers.”
In his speech Sauat Mynbaev, Chairman of the Board of “Kazakstan Temir Zholy NC” JSC, emphasized the need for further development of mutually beneficial cooperation with the aim to increase transit traffic on the route China - Europe - China. “Thanks to the work of the CCTT, the simplification in the traffic organisation has been ensured, the attraction of transit and export-import freight transport between the countries of Asia and Europe is increasing. We can multiply the results in the development of international transport already achieved only by our joint efforts. The “Kazakstan Temir Zholy NC” JSC attaches particular importance to the development of transit traffic. The company’s cargo turnover is growing; in the first half of the year it reached 106 billion tons-km. The volume of traffic amounted to 134 million tons, while the growth of transit container traffic for the first half of this year increased by 41% as compared to the same period of the previous year”, said Sauat Mynbaev.
To attract new freight flows, KTZ has been constantly working to organise container trains, provide quality service and competitive tariff conditions. Individual decisions are made basing on the customers’ needs. The result of this work was a significant increase in the container traffic.
“The share of transit traffic this year amounted to 6% of the total volume of freight transportation, while the income received reached 28%”, Pavel Sokolov, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the “Kazakstan Temir Zholy NC” JSC informed. “For the 8 months from the beginning of thisyear, the total volume of container transit has amounted to 411.2 thousand containers in twenty-foot equivalent units,” he added.
Transit transportation of goods in universal rolling stock has traditionally been of great importance for “KTZ NC” JSC: “Today, the share of revenues from non-container transit transportation is 63%. For the 8 months of 2019, the volume of non-containerized transit traffic through Kazakhstan has amounted to 7.6 million tons”, Pavel Sokolov informed.
Gennady Bessonov, CCTT Secretary General made a report on the implementation of the decisions of the 27th Plenary Meeting held on 3-4 October 2018 in Sochi, the Russian Federation. It was noted that 2019 was full of high-level CCTT events. The CCTT Secretariat, together with its partner Council members, organised and held the International Conference and Symposium on Innovations in Logistics in Changchun (January 29-31 with the support of the Jilin Provincial Government and the Changchun International Land Port), the fifth Business Forum in Tokyo (May 24-25 in Tokyo with the support of the Association of Trans-Siberian Intermodal Operators of Japan, RZD OJSC, Keidanren, ROTOBO, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Japan and the Trade Representation of the Russian Federation in Japan), as well as a number of seminars, round tables and working meetings on the implementation of the projects of the CCTT - “Electronic Train”, “Security Train”, “Integrated Digital Platform”, which resulted in concrete practical results.
CCTT Deputy Chairmen noted the importance of developing the competitiveness of the Trans-Siberian route and expanding its geography.
The heads and plenipotentiary representatives of the railways discussed the prospects for the development of the railway corridors as a whole in Asia-Europe traffic, the transport of goods as part of container trains along the China-Europe- China route, and linear service on the Trans Siberian sea section.
The presentation of Mikhail Vsevolozhskiy, Deputy Chairman of the OSJD Committee, provided relevant information on the structure and tasks of the Organisation, on its activities towards the development of 13 OSJD railway transport corridors and traffic within them between Asia and Europe, including the organisation of container block trains, expanding the use of the CIM/SMGS and its electronic version, on the cooperation of OSJD with CCTT and other international organisations in this area.
Particular attention during the meeting was paid to the issues of digitalization and introduction of electronic services along the route, ensuring the safety of goods using the electronic means of identification.
In his speech Yevgeny Charkin, Director on Information Technologies of the RZD OJSC, in particular, noted that the activities of the CCTT Working Group on the Development of Information Technologies, headed by him, are aimed at the development and implementation of information technologies, new services on the Trans-Siberian route as one of the key elements in generating competitive advantages of railway transport; automating the processes of interaction between the RZD OJSC and external participants in the transportation process, introducing electronic document management (legally significant and technological) in order to save the time at maximum extent and eliminate barriers. Together with the Russian ports and market participants, the RZD OJSC is developing a number of projects for implementing an integrated format for electronic technology in producing carriage documentation in multimodal traffic involving railways and ports.
He also noted a significant role of the platform, provided by CCTT in organising the interaction of all carriers, through the territory of which the transport corridor passes, to apply a unified technology for the automated development of through (end-to-end) timetables along the entire freight route.
As part of the CCTT Integration Digital Platform project, the ‘Digital Logistics’ company presented to the meeting participants the concept of creating a single information space for the Euro-Asian traffic basing on the mutual integration of digital logistics platforms and possible options for the interaction of digital platforms of the transportation participating parties in order to provide a phased transition to digital services for customers.
Much attention was also paid to the practical activities of the CCTT Working Group on Harmonization of International Transport Law (CCTT HITL WG). Speaking on this issue, Lyudmila Renne, Deputy Head of the Department of Foreign Projects and International Cooperation of the RZD OJSC dwelt on the factors that became prerequisites for the harmonization of railway transport law, on the changes and amendments made into the OSJD regulatory documents in this area, on the international project in the field of intermodal transport by using the INTERTRAN paperless technology, as well as on the results of the HITL WG and the work plans for the future.
The XXVIII-th CCTT Plenary Meeting has taken a decision to rename the “Coordinating Council for Trans-Siberian Transportation” into the “International Coordinating Council for Trans-Eurasian Transportation” (retaining the brand and the abbreviation of CCTT) and moving the legal address of registration from St. Gallen to the capital of Switzerland - the city of Berne.
The meeting participants - members of CCTT have expressed their unanimous opinion that the binding in the name to a specific route narrows the scope of the CCTT practical activities, the geography of which has actually been much wider for a long time. The CCTT currently incorporates as members more than 95 companies from 23 countries: not only railway, transport and logistics companies using the Trans-Siberian Railway Line, but also the seaports of European and Asian countries, shipping companies that provide a full-loaded operation of the railway infrastructure in the Euro-Asian traffic using the international transport corridors East - West and North - South.
The growing interest in the CCTT in Europe and Asia is also evidenced by the fact that directly at the XXVIII-th CCTT Plenary Meeting, a decision was taken to admit a number of new members to the Council: Azerbaijani Railways CJSC, Global Ports Management Company LLC, Vostochny (East) Port JSC, Liaoning Port Group of Companies, Sibanthracit Management Company LLC, New Logistic LLC, KTZ Express JSC, ODO Belneftegaz, Transtelematika Service Center LLC, Speccontainer LLC, STARCOM GSP Systems Ltd. and Infrastructure Economics Center LLC.
The annual CCTT plenary meetings have become a good international platform not only for discussing the pressing problems of the transport business, but also for developing a unified technological platform and solutions that help remove barriers to the transport of goods in the Euro-Asian traffic.
XXIV-th CCTT Plenary Meeting
The delegation of OSJD Committee headed by Deputy Chairman of OSJD Committee Victor Zhukov attended the XXIV-th Plenary Meeting of the International association "Coordination Council on Trans-Siberian Transportations" (CCTT) which took place on November 10-11, 2015 in Vienna (Austria) by the invitation of the Austrian Railways (ÖBB) and with the assistance of UTLC (OTLK), Plasser & Toyrer, Siemens and RZD Logistics JSC. More than 200 delegates from 24 countries, including representatives of the OSJD railways, observers and affiliated enterprises participated in the meeting from the following countries: Austria, Belarus, Hungary, Germany, Kazakhstan, China, the Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Estonia; the international transport organisations – UNECE, UN ESCAP, European Commission, UIC, CIT, FIATA, International Union on Combined Road and Rail Transportation (UIRR), IBS, FERRMED, CER; national and international associations of forwarding agents, leading transport and logistics companies.
During the meeting the matters related to the operation of the Transsib transport corridor were addressed, and the prospects of further harmonisation of legal regulations for international freight transport and feasible measures to improve the efficiency of container transport between Europe, the Baltic States, Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific Region using the Trans-Siberian Mainline amid global competition were discussed.
The meeting programme was divided into several thematic sections:
- Activities of the CCTT member railway administrations and companies in developing the Trans-Siberian corridor infrastructure and improving the competitiveness of Trans-Siberian transportation
- Ways to increase cargo flows between Europe and Asia with the use of TSR: intermodal container services, integration of technologies, formation of new transport and logistics products;
- operation of freight wagons in the Transsib transport corridor area; development and introduction of innovative heavy haul rolling stock;
- Key performance indicators of CCTT member sea ports: freight turnover, transport capacities, making intermodal transport chains in cooperation with railways;
- Ensuring cargo safety & security on the TSR. ‘Guard Train’ Project by CCTT
- Development and implementation of information technologies on TSR. Electronic Train project by CCTT;
- An OSJD/CCTT round-table discussion: “OSJD Railway Transport Corridor No. 1: Development Trends and Effective Ways of Management”;
- CCTT’s cooperation with international organizations. Harmonization of international transport law for Euro-Asian carriage of goods
- Development of innovative competences in the sphere of logistics and Eurasian freight transportation organisation;
- TWIN Broad gauge potential, feasibility study.
During the meeting the importance of further container and contrailer traffic development was stressed to improve transportation between China and Europe.
Addressing the participants of the plenary session, CCTT President - President RZD JSC Oleg Belozyorov noted: “According to the results of the year of 2014, the volume of containers transit freight flows via the Trans-Siberian Railway in communication with China has grown and made up 55 thousand TEUs. According to the results of 9 months of the year of 2015 the freight volume has increased in comparison with the similar period of the previous year and made up 66 thousand TEUs”. Such indicators have been reached in many respects thanks to the tariff regulation. “In particular, since 2014 by the CCTT initiative the tariff rates for cargo carriage in 40-foot containers as part of container trains to China and in the opposite direction through the border crossing point at Brest have been decreased by 42%. These conditions have been maintained for 2015 as well”.
Further on Oleg Belozyorov noted that special tariff rates have been introduced for 2015 on the railway route China – Europe – China for the transit traffic of 20-foot containers proceeding as part of container trains. For example, the tariff rates for the carriage of a loaded 20-foot container from/to China within section Krasnoye – Kanisay have made up 288 Swiss francs instead of 576.
It is worth mentioning that in 2014 the transit transportation on the Trans-Siberian Railway grew by 11.7%, the results of 9 months of this year have shown that it has increased by only 7.8%.
Today one of key tasks is to develop the infrastructure of the Trans-Siberian Railway as a basis of the Euro-Asian route East – West. In this regard Oleg Belozyorov added that today RZD JSC actively develops infrastructure not only on the main route of the Trans-Siberian Railway, but of the side routes as well. So, within the framework of the project for the reconnection of Trans-Siberian and Trans-Korean main lines the railway line between Hassan and Rajin has been reconstructed and the universal cargo terminal in the port of Rajin has been built up.
The Russian Railways President mentioned the success of various transport projects – “Trans-Siberian Railway in 7 days”, “Baikal Shuttle”, “Baltic Transit” and “Saule”.
In spite of the fact that thanks to the complex measures the attractiveness of the Trans-Siberian route grows, still there is a number of problems which solution depends on collaboration between the transportation process participants. In particular, harmonisation of technical procedures and regulations, development of electronic document flow, more widespread introduction of unified CIM/SMGS consignment note, as well as unification of transport law. The head of the Russian Railways proposed to consider a possibility to create a uniform Internet resource by means of which market participants could place information about the existing and planned container trains.
Representatives of the CCTT member companies submitted reports and presentations on the work results in the field of intermodal transportation organisation on the Trans-Siberian route, regarding the development tendencies of the joint logistics chains on the Euro-Asian space and the prospects of growth of the integrated logistics services’ sector.
Within the framework of the meeting a ceremony was held to issue the International award of “Golden Chariot”. Winners of the Award this time became:
- KOREA Railroad Corporation (KORAIL, OSJD affiliated enterprise) in nominations “Excellence in Railway Transport” and “Preemptive Safety Management based on Big Data Risk Analysis”, as well as President of KOREA Railroad Corporation (KORAIL) Dr. Choi Yeon-hye
- Masuda Kenjiro - President of the Trans-Siberian Intermodal Operators Association of Japan (TSIOAJ);
- Jean-Luc Dufournaud – President of the International Rail Transport Committee (CIT);
- Joan Amoros - FERRMED Secretary General;
- Libor Lochmann - Executive Director of Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER);
- Ralf-Charley Schultze – President of the International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR);
- Gennady Lapunov - General Director of JSC “V-SIBPROMTRANS”.
Within two days of the session the OSJD Committee’s delegation met a number of the representatives of the with heads of railway, transport and logistics companies, most of which have expressed strong interest in developing cooperation with OSJD.
All the meeting participants confirmed their interest in making the goods movement more safe, reliable and faster. These objectives can be achieved only through cooperation and continuous dialogue.
The CCTT next meetings will be held in Mongolia and Kazakhstan.
Die XXI. CCTT-Plenarsitzung
Am 27.-28. September 2012 hat in Helsinki (Finnland) die XXI. Plenarsitzung der Internationalen Assoziation „Coordinating Council for Tran-Siberian Transportation“ stattgefunden.
Die Sitzung hat eine breite Palette der Teilnehmer - 250 Delegierten aus 23 Ländern der Welt herangezogen. Darunter - die Vertreter des Parlaments Finnlands und der Staatsduma der Russischen Föderation, der Ministerien für Transport Russlands und Finnlands, der diplomatischen Vertretungen der Russischen Föderation in Finnland, der Eisenbahnen (Österreichs, Weißrusslands, Bulgariens, Ungarns, Deutschlands, Kasachstans, Chinas, der Republik Korea, Lettlands, Litauens, Polens, Russlands, der Slowakei, Finnlands, Frankreichs, Tschechiens, Estlands), der internationalen Transportorganisationen (OSShD-Komitee, Eurokommission, EurAsEC, CIT, UIC), der Munizipalorgane und der öffentlichen Bündnisse, größten internationalen Verkehrs- und Logistiksgesellschaften.
Die Teilnehmer der Veranstaltung haben die Fragen über die Funktionierung des Transportkorridors “Transsib“, die Harmonisierung der internationalen Prozeduren der Erledigung der Güterbeförderungen, der Einführung der innovativen Technologien der internationalen Transitcontainerbeförderungen unter Ausnutzung des ТСМ besprochen, sowie haben die Maßnahmen zur Erhöhung der Effektivität der Containerbeförderungen zwischen den Ländern Europas, GUS, Baltikums, Zentralasiens und des asiatischen- pazifischen Raums angeboten.
Im Rahmen der Sitzung wurde die Eröffnungssitzung der UIC-Globalen Arbeitsgruppe zu den internationalen Transportkorridoren (UIC Global Team Expert) durchgeführt, zu deren Bestand die Experten der UNESCAP, UNECE, OSShD, CCTT, CIT, UIC, FIATA gehörten.
Agreement on Cooperation between OSJD and CCTT – in effect for three years
At the 16th Plenary meeting of the International Association "Coordinating Council on Transsiberian Transportation" (CCTT) on November 2, 2007 a Cooperation Agreement was signed between the CCTT and OSJD.
Development of cooperation is planned in the following areas:
- improvement of cargo transportation via OSJD transport corridors;
- common analysis of work on the OSJD International transport corridor No. 1, including the Transsiberian route with all its branches;
- consolidation of positive practices in cargo transportation via the TSR;
- elaborating proposals and recommendations on improving the development of cargo transportation via the TSR;
- increasing the volumes of cargo transportation via the Transsiberian route, including intermodal transportation, through creating competitive conditions based on improving the transport service quality, simplifying control procedures on railway transport at border crossings, implementing modern technological processes in international cargo transportation;
- improving the legal base of the transportation process;
- establishing a common information space;
- developing a harmonized legal framework for the transportation process in the International transport corridors;
- planning and exercising test runs of container block trains in international traffic.
The CCTT and OSJD are going to elaborate a joint plan of actions on developing multimodal transport, creating competitive tariff conditions, achieving positive results of harmonization of rules for the use of wagons, improving the services and attracting customers