CCTT and GETO deepen their partnership as they look for solutions
Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan), 25 September 2019 – All stakeholders on the Silk Road urgently need to coordinate their actions more closely due to rapidly growing flows of goods and trade along this major geo-strategic transport project, which spans more than 12,000 kilometres. To this end, closer cooperation with the Group of European TransEurasia Operators and Forwarders (GETO) was agreed on the sidelines of the 28th plenary session of the Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT).
Last year alone, flows of goods between China and Europe along the Silk Road railway corridor increased by more than a third (35 per cent), according to Russian Railways (RZD). While China has a standard set of rules for transport planning through goods platforms, in the European Union flows of goods encounter a poorly coordinated logistics and infrastructure system.
CCTT and GETO will work together with industry and authorities in the future to develop and put forward proposals for coordinating both innovative technologies and existing IT solutions. “We have to develop a network of public authorities, industry as well as existing infrastructure – terminals and rail networks – to solve the main problem of bottlenecks in the coordination of the last mile to the consignee,” said Harm Sievers, GETO’s President.
GETO and CCTT have a long history of working together. And today they still enjoy a close partnership that benefits both sides. CCTT’s Secretary General, Gennady Bessonow, feels that GETO’s partnership initiative is urgently needed and that there will be outstanding opportunities to improve this cooperation in the future: “All partners involved along the Silk Road are indicating to us that they are willing to improve existing processes and to connect through us. There are no concerns at all about this partnership – we are being urged to put forward proposals by policy-makers, authorities and industry in all countries involved.”
GETO and CCTT will work together closely on developing infrastructure related to customs procedures, digitalisation and the harmonisation of international law along European-Eurasian routes. The main goal is to continue raising awareness among the governments of affected countries and to continue increasing the movement of goods at almost equal workloads in either direction. “This will allow us to tap into additional sectors and groups of commodities and to create lasting jobs along the 12,000 km corridor, which goes through five countries, as a result of these services,” Sievers said.