Railways of Russia, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Germany and Poland agree
to develop container transportation
The President of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov has signed a multilateral agreement
with six other partners to deepen cooperation on the organisation of container trains
between China and Europe.
The document was also signed by the leaders of Chinese Railways, Belarusian Railway,
Deutsche Bahn, the National Company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, Ulaanbataar Railway and
Polskie Koleje Państwowe SA (Polish State Railways, Inc.).
In the opinion of the parties, cooperation on the organisation of container trains
across Eurasia will further increase the share of rail transport on the freight transport
market, help strengthen trade links, and in addition integrate the plans for infrastructure
According to the document, it is planned to increase jointly traffic volumes, intensify
efforts to create logistics infrastructure facilities, improve the organisation of
transportation and introduce new technologies to reduce travel time.
In particular, the parties intend to support the development of competitive through-rates
for freight transportation on container trains between China and Europe within the
framework of their respective countries' national legislation and make efforts to
create uniform service standards.
In addition, the parties aim actively to develop new transport and logistics products,
facilitate the organisation of the transport of cross-border goods based on electronic
commerce, postal items and goods requiring controlled temperatures in refrigerated
The participants of the agreement noted the need to organise cooperation on information,
including electronic data exchange and preliminary electronic information on freight
goods and vehicles moving across borders, the simplification of control procedures
at checkpoints and the reduction of customs clearance time.
A joint working group on container trains between China and Europe will be set
up to implement the signed agreement.