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