The Declaration on the Establishment of the Coordinating Council for Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT) was signed in Moscow on 23 November 1993 by the main participants in freight transportation in the Eurasian space. The CCTT was set up in order to unite the previously uncoordinated efforts to increase the competitiveness of freight transportation along the Trans-Siberian route.
As an international non-profit transport association which shall continue in existence until decided otherwise, the CCTT was registered in the Main Register of St. Gallen Canton in Switzerland on 21 February 1997 under the registration number CH – 320.6.042.148 – 5.
The CCTT was founded by the Ministry of Railways of the Russian Federation (which was renamed OJSC Russian Railways after its reorganisation in 2003), Deutsche Bahn AG, the Association of European Trans-Siberian Operators and the Korean Association of International Freight Forwarders.
In accordance with the CCTT's Charter, the President of OJSC Russian Railways is the Council's Chairman on a permanent basis, while its Vice-Presidents are drawn from the forwarding associations which are members of the CCTT.
The CCTT's highest body is the Plenary Session, which address all the issues relating to the transportation of transit and international freight along the Trans-Siberian route.
The executive body of the CCTT is the CCTT's Secretariat, which is headed by the Secretary General, currently Gennady Ivanovich Bessonov. The CCTT has a Representative Office in the Russian Federation.
At the moment, the CCTT includes more than 100 rail, shipping and operating companies and seaports etc. from 23 countries: Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Kazakhstan, China, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Norway, Poland, the Republic of Korea, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Finland, France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia and Japan.
The CCTT aims to attract transit and international freight to the Trans-Siberian route. It also coordinates the activities of participants transporting freight along the Trans-Siberian Railway in international services in order to: ensure this route's competitiveness; improve the quality of freight delivery services; develop economic relations between transport companies in South-East Asia, the Far and Middle East, Central Asia and Europe. These are all aimed at maximising the use of the infrastructure of Russia's railways for transit transportation.
Within the framework of the CCCT, targeted work is underway to consolidate the cargo base and establish new business contacts with freight owners.
The functions and tasks of the CCTT are to:
- coordinate cooperation between all participants involved in freight transportation along the Trans-Siberian route;
- participate in the development of regulatory and legal documents regulating the transportation process on the Trans-Siberian route;
- prepare proposals for increasing the volumes of freight transportation on the Trans-Siberian route based on an analysis of the situation on the transport market;
- prepare proposals to eliminate factors hindering the attraction of transit and international freight to the Trans-Siberian route;
- participate in the activities of other public and transport organisations within the scope of their competence.
The CCTT has the right to consider and resolve other issues related to the transport of goods along the Trans-Siberian Railway.
The CCTT's practical activities are executed by the permanent Working Groups:
1. The CCTT Working Group on Enhancing the Competitiveness of the Trans-Siberian Route.
- The Trans-Siberian route: Multimodal Eurasian Transport Network (the systematisation of information on the analysis and forecasting of trade flows on the Trans-Siberian Main Line and on existing transport products on the Trans-Siberian route, as well as the popularisation of the Trans-Siberian service);
- The Creation and Promotion of a Guaranteed Transport and Logistics Product (creating the conditions for increasing the competitiveness of rail transit shipments along the Trans-Siberian route and supporting container shipments in the formation of main line trains).
2. CCTT Working Group on the Development of Information Technologies.
- Electronic train (optimising document procedures and exchange in international freight traffic based on developed and introduced end-to-end information technologies using electronic legally significant shipping and commercial documents).
3. Joint Working Group of the CCTT – RZD – Hungarian State Railways (consideration of the issues related to the prospects for the development of rail container transport between Europe – Asia – Europe using the Trans-Siberian Main Line and European Transport Corridor No. 6 (Spain – France – Italy – Slovenia – Hungary/Záhony).