In accordance with the invitation by Mr. Josef Bazala, Chairman of the Board, General Director of ČD Cargo, the 17th Plenary meeting of the International association “Coordinating Council on Transsiberian Transportation” will take place in Prague (Czech Republic) on November 12-13, 2008.
The meeting will be dedicated to the main aspects of attracting additional cargo volumes to the Transsiberian route through increasing the competitiveness of the transportation. Among the key topics are: ensuring integrated logistics service, competitive tariffs, an effective system of managing multimodal transportation, investing in infrastructure development, harmonization of legal regulations, strengthening business connections with cargo owners.
The event will host 250 delegates of the CCTT as well as other participants from 23 countries: the heads of Russian, European, CIS and Baltic countries railway administrations, transport ministries of Russia and Czech Republic, federal agencies and services, ports, shipping companies, international transport organizations: OSJD, UIC, EIA, FERRMED, leading industrial companies of Europe.
The decisions that will be taken at the 17th Plenary meeting of the CCTT will provide the basis for further improvement of Transsiberian transportation and for attracting additional transit and bilateral cargo volumes to the Transsiberian route.
Coordinating Council on Transsiberian Transportation (CCTT) is a non-commercial international transport association founded in 1997 by the Ministry of Railway Communication of the Russian Federation (since 2003 —after the restructuring — JSC “Russian Railways”), DB AG (Deutsche Bahn), GETO (Association of European Transsiberian Operators and Forwarders), and KIFFA (Korean International Freight Forwarders Association).
The purposes of the Coordinating Council on Transsiberian Transportation are:
-attracting transit and foreign trade cargo to the Transsiberian route (TSR);
-coordinating activities of companies that participate in international cargo transportation on the TSR — to ensure high-quality delivery of goods and development of economic relations between countries of South-East Asia, Far and Middle East, Central Asia, and Europe based on using the infrastructure of Russian railways.
According to the Statutes of the CCTT, Chairman of the Council on a permanent basis is President of the JSC “Russian Railways”, Vladimir Yakunin. Deputy Chairmen are presidents of Russian, European, South Korean, and Japanese freight forwarder associations that are members of the CCTT.
Presently the CCTT consists of 116 members.