Russian Railways and China Railways agree on expanding electronic data exchange when
booking container shipments
Negotiations between JSC Russian Railways and Chinese Railways have been concluded
The sides noted the high number of China-Russia-Europe rail container shipments
and agreed to consolidate their work on introducing electronic data exchange technologies.
They also agreed in their assessments that the potential for container transportation
is about 1 million containers per annum.
"Today, the exchange of paper documents is not just inefficient, it also damages
the competitiveness of railway transport. It is necessary to replicate the practice
of issuing the CIM/SMGS consignment note on different routes. And finally, we must
arrive at the point where we can dispatch container trains 'by timetable,'" said Alexander
Misharin, First Vice-President of Russian Railways.
"We have a freight base for transit, but in order to attract it to rail transport,
it is necessary to regulate issues related to customs clearance," said Huang Ming,
Deputy Managing Director of Chinese Railways.
The two delegations also agreed to establish a joint working group on the issues
of high-speed freight transportation. In particular, the issue of organising a demonstration
run of freight transportation by baggage train from China to Russia will be worked
In addition, the talks touched upon various aspects of the design and construction
of the Moscow-Kazan High Speed Railway. The sides noted the successful progress of
the design and survey work and the readiness of the two companies to engage in further
Following the negotiations, a protocol was signed on further joint action.
Railway transport volumes on the East-West International Transport Corridor in
the last three years have increased from 43,900 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs)
in 2014 to 150,600 TEUs in 2016.
At the same time, the volume of transportation on sea routes between Europe-Asia
and Asia-Europe has hardly changed.
One of the trends in recent years has been a multiple increase in transit traffic
from Europe to Asia.