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Russian and Chinese Railways to exchange electronic data on freight transportation

The President of Russian Railways Oleg Belozyorov has taken part in a working meeting with Lu Dongfu, the Managing Director of China Railways. The meeting took place in Beijing on 21 June 2017.

The two sides noted the rising volumes of freight traffic between China and Russia, which has increased by more than 15% in 2017 so far, while container transportation has jumped by over 60%. Transit container transport has increased even more impressively, rising by 89% in the last two years. In 2017, the volume of container transit is expected to double.

During the meeting, Oleg Belozerov and Lu Dongfu also signed an agreement on electronic data exchange on international rail freight transport and shipments. The main purpose of the agreement is to ensure the transfer of data on transport and shipping documents in real time.

Electronic exchange does not replace the existing document management system established by the Agreement on International Goods Transport by Rail. In the future, the transition to electronic document management will simplify control procedures at checkpoints and reduce the time for customs clearance, thereby increasing the speed of train traffic.

“The efficient use of Russia’s rail transit potential, linked to the development of International Transport Corridors (ITCs) passing through Russia, is a strategic priority for Russian Railways. We will do all we can to solve this problem as soon as possible. Our common goal, together with Chinese Railways, is obvious – to increase the speed and convenience of transportation,” said the President of Russian Railways.

According to Oleg Belozyorov, improving transportation technologies will improve the quality and efficiency of transportation and logistics services, which will in turn lead to an increase in freight flows from Asia to Europe and vice versa.

“Economic relations between China and Russia and China and Europe are developing very rapidly, laying the foundation for increasing volumes of traffic between our railway systems. I am confident that in the future we will achieve even greater growth. Today’s agreement is very significant in energising the work of the railways,” said Lu Dongfu.

Oleg Belozerov and Lu Dongfu also exchanged views on the construction of the Moscow-Kazan High-Speed Railway in Russia, which is part of the future high-speed Moscow-Beijing corridor.

The two sides noted in particular that high-speed freight traffic along the China-Russia-Europe route was a promising and important area for cooperation on the rapid development of electronic trade between Asia and Europe.

According to the President of the Russian Railways, it is necessary to take full advantage of rail transportation, including the development of freight transportation on high-speed railways to increase the economic efficiency of such lines.

Lu Dongfu expressed confidence that high-speed railways in Russia would be built in the near future, which would lead to an even greater increase in traffic volumes.

The heads of the two rail systems also agreed to work out the issue of organising the experimental transportation of goods ordered by e-commerce using postal and baggage wagons as part of the Beijing-Moscow passenger trains by 1 July 2017.

Iuliia Tore