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Flows of goods along the Silk Road – "Train links require regulation in Europe"

The Coordination Council for Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT) and the Group of European TransEurasia Operators and Forwarders (GETO) will work together closely on developing infrastructure related to customs procedures, digitalisation and the harmonisation of international law along European-Eurasian routes

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They say they will work together with industry and authorities to develop and put forward proposals for coordinating both innovative technologies and existing IT solutions

 

Last year alone, flows of goods between China and Europe along the 12,000 kms long "classic" Trans-Siberian railway corridor across Russia increased by more than 35%, according to Russian Railways (RZD), a founding member of the Swiss-based CCTT. While China has a standard set of rules for transport planning through goods platforms, in the EUflows of goods encounter a poorly coordinated logistics and infrastructure system, say the parties.

CCTT’s Secretary General Gennady Bessonow (L) and Harm Sievers, GETO’s President
CCTT’s Secretary General Gennady Bessonow (L) and Harm Sievers, GETO’s President

“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.

 

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.”

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