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.