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Apr 25, 2017

Railways of Russia, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Germany and Poland agree to develop container transportation

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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 development.

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 containers.

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.

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