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16 September 2021, 13:49

Belarusian Railways ensures uninterrupted international freight services

MINSK, 16 September (BelTA) - Despite difficult conditions amid the pandemic, Belarusian Railways has been carrying out its international freight services smooth and uninterrupted, head of Belarusian Railways Vladimir Morozov said at the 30th plenary meeting of the International Coordinating Council on Trans-Eurasian Transportation (CCTT) held in Moscow in videoconference format, BelTA learned from the website of Belarusian Railways.

The delegation of Belarusian Railways was led by the head of the company Vladimir Morozov.

“The participants of the meeting discussed development prospects and problems in the organization of trans-Eurasian railway transportation, including the binding role of the CCTT in developing transportation services in Asia-Europe communication. They also considered issues related to digitalization of the transportation process, development of railway routes infrastructure and transport capacities of sea ports to ensure smooth organization of multi-modal transportation between Europe and Asia,” the press center of Belarusian Railways said.

The participants of the meeting identified strategic objectives for the near future in the development of container business on Asia-Europe routes.

According to the head of Belarusian Railways Vladimir Morozov, even in difficult conditions of pandemic influence freight railroad transportation in international communication has been carried out without any interruptions and disruptions, including on Asia-Europe-Asia route.

Belarusian Railways stressed that 2020 was an important year for the Belarusian railroads in terms of containerization of business. For the first time, more than 1 million twenty-foot equivalent containers (TEU) were transported on all types of routes, reaching 140% to the level of 2019.

Transportation in communication with China accounts for a significant volume of containerized freight.

In January-August 2021 more than 470,000 TEU containers were transported in transit via Belarus on China-Europe-China route, or 143% to the previous year.

In addition to the Brest-Terespol border crossing, container trains go through the Bruzgi-Kuznitsa Bialostocka and Svisloch-Siemianowka crossings at the Belarusian-Polish border. Container projects through Kaliningrad Oblast, including multi-modal traffic through the port of Kaliningrad, has been actively developing.

Vladimir Morozov drew attention to the need to perform a number of tasks to maintain container traffic development pace, such as to draw clear and balanced plans for the development of railway infrastructure routes China-Europe-China, especially at border crossings at the junction of 1520 and 1435 gauges, improve the quality of planning for container trains, and work on the introduction of through container trains on the entire route and the development of the “single digital space”.

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