Vladimir Putin, Russian Premier, has stated that tariffs on cargo transportation for the Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan in the framework of the Single economic space would be unified before January 1, 2013.
“We agreed to unify inner and export-import tariff by January 1, 2013. It will be lower that the current transit tariff,” Mr Putin told journalists in Moscow last Friday, reported Interfax.
“On January 1, 2015, there will be one more benefit for Kazakhstan and Byelorussian transporters – they will be allowed to use their own locomotives to transport goods along Russian railway network,” said the Russian Premier.
Since its founding seven years ago this week, RZD, the Russian rail company, has moved an astonishing 10.4 billion tons of cargo. Despite the demise of communism the firm is fully nationalised with the state owning 100% of the company. Operating independently the company has gradually seen its market share grow, standing at 42.4% of all rail freight shipped in the country so far this year. RZD now plans to expand into the broader logistics market with €3.3 million set aside to form a new company. Russian Railways Logistics will provide freight forwarding, warehouse / terminal, and customs / brokerage services, and also manage delivery chains acquired from both domestic and external service providers.
A one-stop shop system will be created for hauliers on the Belarus-Russia border. This is envisaged in the draft plan for the integration of the transport systems of the two states for 2011-2012, Russian Transport Minister Igor Levitin said following the meeting of the coordination commission for the Union State unified transport system.
The decision on the construction of a broad gauge railway from Kosice, the Slovakian town near the Ukrainian border to the capital Bratislava and on to Vienna may be made before the end of 2010, said Vladimir Yakunin, RZD President at a railway conference in Bratislava.
The volume of container transportation in the Russian Federation will reach the pre-crisis level in 2011, and it will increase to 2.1 million TEU by 2015, A.T. Kearney consulting company forecasts in its research. “Thus, the market will grow by 10% per annum – twice as much as the GDP,” experts believe.
Transportation of goods from Japan to Europe via the Trans-Siberian railroad in January-August, 2010 increased by 5% in comparison with the similar period of 2009, said Tadakuni Shiomoto, President of the Association of Transsiberian Intermodal Operators of Japan.He also added that despite the progress on this direction, the volumes transported are not sufficient. To change the situation, according to Mr.Shiomoto, it is necessary to organise regular container trains from the Far East to Moscow, to change and simplify the customs rules, and to develop an e-system for container exchange.