On 27/28 September 2012, the 21st Plenary Session of the International Coordination Council on Transsiberian Transportation (CCTT) was held in Helsinki. The VR Group had extended this year's invitation, and 230 participants from 25 countries attended the event, amongst others high-ranking officials from transport ministries, railway representatives from Russia and Finland, leading railway representatives from Austria, the Baltic States, Belarus, China, Germany, France, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Poland, Slovakia, South Korea, Ukraine, as well as members representing transport and freight organisations, harbours and shipping companies, and international organisations.
The CCTT mainly focusses on increasing Eurasian container traffic by rail, especially along the Transsiberian landbridge, and in this respect was able to draw an entirely positive conclusion after the Plenary Session. There has been a significant increase in container cargo via the landbridge.
Werner Albert, Honorary Chairman of GETO ("Association of European Transsibirian Operators and Forwarders"), mentioned the container block trains that run regularly between China and Europe, the significant number of operators, freight forwarders and other railway service providers, and said that there had been a real breakthrough in contacts and networks set up by the CCTT. At the same time, he referred to a list of problems that still needed to be solved, starting with a quicker border crossing thanks to simplified and digital customs clearance at borders, and an extended use of a uniform CIM/SMGS consignment note. He valued the progress made by GETO member organisations, incl. the development of an "electronic train" and the design for logistics hubs that enable transport bundling and rail shuttle services. This in turn allows container trains, which are run by the InterRail Group (a member of GETO) to travel both ways with increased capacity.
Two other GETO member organisations, namely Hupac and Far East Landbridge, also used the opportunity to present their activities in the intermodal East-West traffic. Through its strategic partnership with SNCF Geodis, the Swiss combi operator, Hupac, offers its clients access to a network that reaches from the Iberian Peninsula to the Far East, with daily or weekly connections to Poland, Russia and all the way through to China. Far East Landbridge reported on its trains running between Germany and China and vice versa since 2011; their trains have complex logistics and show active growth.
The President of OAO RZD, simultaneously President of the CCTT, Vladimir Yakunin, demonstrated by means of figures how dynamically international container shipments had increased on the Transsiberian railway magistral. Growth in export, import and transit traffic in 2011 had increased by 27% compared to 2010, and by 23% during the first seven months in 2012, compared to the same period of time the year before. Despite a growth increase of more than 40%, transit traffic only constitutes a relatively small part of the increase. In 2011, the international traffic constituted 536'000 TEU on the railway thoroughfare, but only 45'600 TEU were third-country-transit. Yakunin also stated that, when compared to transport by sea, the railway part of traffic between Europe and the Far-Eastern countries so far only amounts to slightly more than 1%. There obviously is potential for growth here, he emphasised.
To reach a better quality in service as an important competitive factor, it was necessary to take measures to improve the infrastructures of both the Transsiberian as well as the Baikal Amur magistrals, and to improve the use of modern information technologies and an aligned, uniform consignment note.
The participants of the 21st CCTT Plenary Session agreed that an even closer co-operation was necessary to achieve a better collaboration between railways and officials at customs and border posts in order to avoid and solve the ever recurring problems we face there, creating delays in transit. They paid tribute to the CCTT's activities. The CCTT has contributed significantly to the increase in container transports on the Eurasian landbridge.
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CCTT brief information
The International Association "Coordinating Council on Transsiberian Transportation" (CCTT) is a non-commercial transport association, registered in the Main trade register of St. Gallen (Switzerland) on 21st of February, 1997.
The CCTT was founded by the Ministry of Railway Communication of the Russian Federation (since 2003 — after the restructuring — JSC “Russian Railways”), DB AG (Deutsche Bahn), GETO (Association of European Transsiberian Operators), and KIFFA (Korean International Freight Forwarders Association).
Presently the CCTT consists of 113 members from 24 countries, including major railways and transportation companies, operators and forwarders, ports and shipping companies, administrations and municipalities, as well as international companies and media.
The main purposes of the Coordinating Council on Transsiberian Transportation are:
- attracting transit and foreign trade cargo to the Transsiberian route (TSR);
- coordinating activities of companies that participate in international cargo transportation on the TSR
- development of economic relations between countries of South-East Asia, Far and Middle East, Central Asia, and Europe
According to the Statutes of the CCTT, the President of the JSC "Russian Railways" is the Chairman of the Council on a permanent basis. GETO has the right to fill the position of the vice-president.
For more informationen please visit: www.icctt.com