Volume of traffic using INTERTRAN technology increased by 35% from January to August 2021
An international seminar on the INTERTRAN project, which is being implemented by Russian Railways within the framework of the International Union of Railways (UIC), has been held via videoconference.
The seminar was opened by Sergey Pavlov, the First Deputy Managing Director of Russian Railways, and François Davenne, UIC Director General.
The event was attended by heads and experts from railway companies from 27 countries in Eurasia, as well as Australia and the USA, international organisations, government regulatory bodies and a number of the largest operator and logistics companies from the Asia-Pacific region.
As Sergei Pavlov noted, the rapid digitalisation of the economy and all spheres of business and public life poses new challenges for railway transport, including the development of digital container delivery services in intermodal traffic, which is designed to increase the role of railways in international trade.
“Recently, the assertion that the digital economy is an economy of partnerships has become increasingly popular. As a result, the joint search for new solutions and the development of modern technologies that are relevant and necessary for customers will enable the railway industry to move to a new stage of development,” stressed Sergei Pavlov.
He also added that INTERTRAN information technology was a breakthrough solution that enabled rail, unlike other modes of transport, to launch fully digital intermodal transport as early as 2019.
Moreover, INTERTRAN has also demonstrated its relevance and full competitiveness during the pandemic. From January to August 2021, the new technology resulted in an increase in traffic volumes of an average of 35% compared to the same period last year.
Since the start of the project, more than 21,000 containers have been transported using INTERTRAN technology.
The participants in the seminar discussed the tasks to be solved in the digitalisation of business processes in the field of international intermodal transportation and the replication of INTERTRAN information technology on new routes connecting Asia and Europe.
The expansion of the geography and range of goods transported using INTERTRAN will be also facilitated by new participants joining INTERTRAN. Not only major players on the Russian market, but also Russian and foreign seaports have shown interest in taking part in project.