New View on Trans-Siberian Transportation
The meeting took place within the framework of the Memorandum of cooperation signed between two organizations on May 5, 2017. The aim of the meeting was the discussion of 2017 results and plans for 2018, definition of the target directions and unique business projects that are of mutual interest for both organizations.
According to the Memorandum the parties assist each other in relation to the events held by them and invite participants of the organizations for interaction and cooperation.
The important directions and tendencies of strategic development of the international East-West transport corridor have been discussed at a meeting in relation to the business projects that exist within its frameworks. Gennady Bessonov has mentioned that the role of Russia as a transit corridor between Europe and Asia remains extremely important and it doesn't lose its relevance due to development of other participants of the international market, in particular "the New Silk Way" which is the project implemented by China for optimization, control and management of supply chains of the Chinese goods to Europe. China actively invests in this project, builds transport and warehouse infrastructure in the countries close to Russia.
Russia also needs to develop its own infrastructure on the Trans-Siberian Railway route, to create opportunities for expansion of the cargo flow through the corridor passing across the territory of the country, to make investments into long-term and perspective projects.
Participants of the meeting have agreed that focus of development of transport arteries has to be made on meeting the needs of producers of goods of the different countries quickly and to qualitatively deliver the production to any international market.
Gennady Bessonov noted that transportation of goods is a technological process and the future of successful development and growth of consumption and trade depends on how this process is built up and adjusted. The manufacturers build consolidation hubs for ensuring availability of goods in the markets of Europe and Russia needs to offer the manufacturers opportunities of consolidation at the points where Russian borders cross the borders of the European Union.
The main objective is providing consolidation of the railway, road and air transportation processes.
Container turnover of the Trans-Siberian Railway has grown several times in the recent years, in 2017 the increase made about 17,8%, at the same time the existing infrastructure for cargo delivery approaches a limit of the technological capabilities, the existing capacities in Poland don't cope with timely processing of containers.
According to data of the Russian Railway, 1 million 805,6 thousand TEU (+7,4%), in transit – 417,3 thousand TEU (+59,2%), in export – 968,4 thousand TEU (+20,1%), in import – 707,8 thousand TEU (+33,2%) were shipped. Such rapid growth on the one hand shows success of the Russian Railways and various railway logistic operators, on the other hand it causes a number of problems in connection with the infrastructure that stays far behind.
The coordination council on the Trans-Siberian transportations conducts active work in the direction of search of solutions of the existing problems. The main events held by the Association which are planned for 2018 are devoted to the following issues: a plenary session in Astana in October, a conference is planned within the Transport Logistics exhibition in Shanghai on May 16-18. In Tokyo the meeting is planned for May 30-31, it is aimed at development of the Russian-Japanese relations within the framework of "Years of Russia in Japan" and "Years of Japan in Russia", the agreement on that years were reached in December, 2017 during stay of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin in Japan.
Miroslav Zolotarev has noted that the most effective way of development of transport infrastructure is development realized by the implementation of effective business projects which are executed by participants of the market. Projects which are supported at the state level and can lead to the subsequent interstate arrangements.
In general the parties have estimated cooperation between the organizations in 2017 as constructive and perspective. The Association and the Alliance had a successful experience of joint participation at the joint stand of the Alliance at the Transport Logistic Munich exhibition in May, 2017, participation in a plenary session in Beijing in September, 2017 and in the forum "New Opportunities and Prospects of Development of Euro-Asian Freight Transportation" in Tokyo, Japan in May, 2017.
In this regard the parties continue to move in the direction of development of the relations planned earlier and are sure that 2018 will show the results of the initiatives that have been planned before.
The Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT) International Association is a non-commercial transport association with an open-ended duration, registered in the Main Register of the canton of St. Gallen (Switzerland) on February 21, 1997.
The CCTT was founded by the Ministry of Railway Communication of the Russian Federation (after the restructuring of 2003 –RZD OAO (Russian Railways), Deutsche Bahn (DB AG), Association of European Transsiberian Operators (GETO), and Korean International Freight Forwarders Association (KIFFA).
Presently the CCTT has more than 100 member societies from 23 countries, including railways of Europe, Asia and the CIS states, leading shipping companies, operators and forwarders, ports and stevedoring companies, state organizations, administrations and municipalities, telecom and marketing companies, security services and mass media.
Associated Cargo Experts (ACEX) Alliance - is an association of independent logistics companies, primarily in Russia and worldwide aimed at business development related to logistics and customs clearance on the territory of Russia and CIS countries. The strongest and the most experienced freight forwarding companies from various regions of Russia and worldwide join the Alliance.
The publication includes pictures of RIA Novosti/Russia Today.
Based on the materials provided by The Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT)