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Visit of the OTIF delegation
On 21 October 2016 a delegation of the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) headed by the Secretary General of OTIF Francois Davenne.
During the meeting questions of international railway development under the unified CIM/SMGS consignment note, the project of rail post carriages from China to Europe, the project of UNECE uniform railway law, issues of harmonization of the rules for transportation of a dangerous goods, harmonisation in the field of technical compatibility, information support for freight and passenger traffic (TAP TS1 and TAP TSÎ) and others were discussed.
Tadeusz Szozda and Francois Davenne have noted a long-lasting effective cooperation of OSJD and Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail on all issues of railway transport activities that has promoted to the increase in efficiency and competitiveness of the international railway traffic and further development of the Euroasian railway service.
The participants of the meeting noted that the steady growth has been observed in transportation volumes which are performed without re-wrighting the documents from one transport law onto the another due to the application of the uniform CIM/SMGS consignment note. In this regard it is important and necessary to carry out further work towards the implementation development of the uniform CIM/SMGS consignment note application and towards the creation of legal, technical and technological conditions for the application of the electronic uniform CIM/SMGS consignment note.
The parties agreed to continue cooperation towards creating favourable condition for the application of the uniform CIM/SMGS consignment note and towards speeding up the work for the preparation and application of the electronic uniform CIM/SMGS consignment note.
The meeting participants have also communicated about OSJD and OTIF participation in the work which is carried out by the UNECE Group of Experts on the uniform railway law.
The OTIF Secretariat has repeatedly suggested that an informal joint working group be established of the OSJD Committee and the OTIF Secretariat to facilitate practical application of the uniform railway law prepared by the UNECE. a task of The task of this informal joint working group would be preparation of joint proposals about the application of the uniform railway law, as well as other possible actions.
The meeting participants have noted the importance of cooperation between OSJD and OTIF in the field of updating the rules for the transportation of dangerous goods where it was possible to achieve big progress in further harmonisation of legal documents taking into account the changes and amendments in the international legal documents.
The parties have also noted positive results and feasibility of cooperation between OSJD and OTIF concerning further harmonisation of technical requirements in the field of technical interoperability.
The meeting participants have also noted that both OSJD and OTIF are concerned to ensure compatible and functional exchange of electronic data for the international railway service between various railway systems, having agreed to continue cooperation and exchange information in this area of activities.