Russian, Chinese and Mongolian Railways agree to simplify procedures for transfer
of freight cars in foreign trade
A tripartite meeting of border railway commissions from the Russian Federation,
the People's Republic of China and Mongolia has been held in Irkutsk.
Railway administrations from the three countries discussed various issues of cooperation
and took a number of decisions that will facilitate the growth of international trade
and increase its efficiency.
In particular, the parties agreed on switching to hauling trains on the border
stretch between Naushki in the Russian Federation and Sukhe-Bator in Mongolia using
locomotives owned by Russian Railways.
The change will come into effect from 1 January 2018.
In addition, a single consignment note will be drawn up to accelerate freight handling
of loaded and empty wagons at the interstate border checkpoints between Russia and
Mongolia, and a single invoice will be used when a group of wagons or a route falls
under such a consignment note.
It will also be possible to return empty wagons after the transportation of oil
from Russia to China in groups of up to 20 wagons on one waybill.
“Over the years, the work of our railways has created favorable prerequisites
for mutually beneficial long-term cooperation between Russia, China and Mongolia in
the transport sector," said Vasily Frolov, the head of East Siberian Railways.
As the head of Ulan-Bator Railways Damdinsuren Zhigzhidnemaa noted, Ulan-Bator
Railways forms a natural transport corridor between Russia and China, and it is in
the interests of the line to increase transit traffic.
The head of the Khukh-Khot Railway in China, Zhang Jia, also emphasised the importance
of the large-scale development of the Trans-Siberian and Baikal-Amur Mainlines, which
will help to increase freight turnover between Russia and China and which in turn
will contribute to the growth of the economies of the two countries.
The three parties signed a joint protocol following their meeting.