Port Wings News Network:
On May 17, the 68th meeting of the Council for Rail Transport of member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States opened in Bishkek (Kyrgyz Republic). Council members taking part are the heads of railway administrations of the Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine; heads of railways of Georgia, Latvia, Bulgaria and Finland are associate members of the Council.
The meeting also included observers at the Council: representatives of the railway administration of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the International Confederation of Trade Unions of Railway Workers.
During the plenary meeting, the results of the operational work of the railway network and international passenger transportation were summed up.
In 2017, railways of the CIS and Baltic countries transported 2002.5 million t of cargo, which is 55.6 million t higher than in 2016 ( 3.1%), and cargo turnover grew by 6.3%.
Cargo transportation in containers increased 14.1% from 2016. These positive dynamics remained in the Q1 2018. In this period, 493.1 million t of cargo were shipped, which is 12.7 million t higher than the level of 2017 ( 2.6%), and cargo turnover grew 4.7%. Shipping of goods in containers increased 12.6% from the same period in 2017. International passenger transportation in 2017 was to 18.6 million passengers (-2.8% from 2016).
At the same time, overall passenger turnover increased 1.2% to 7.3 billion passengers per kilometer, with a 2% increase in the average range of passenger transportation.
In the first quarter of 2018, 3.7 million passengers traveled internationally, which is 5% more than in the same period in 2017. Total passenger turnover amounted to 1.5 billion passengers per kilometer ( 0.4%).
The consideration of mutual settlements between railway administrations, summarizing the census of freight cars and containers, approval of R&D plans and other issues are also on the agenda for the meeting.
In addition, more than 30 drafts of normative documents and amendments have been prepared, which are being submitted to the Council for approval. These include the Rules of Operation and Uniform Registration of Freight Cars, Rules of Operation and Uniform of Accounting and Payments for the Use of Wagons Owned by Other States, Unified Tariff-Statistical Nomenclature of Goods (UTSNG), Rules for Transporting Dangerous Goods, Rules Carrying Liquid Cargo in Bulk in Tank Wagons and Bunker-Type Wagons for the Transportation of Petroleum Bitumen, Rules for the Use of Passenger Cars in International Travel, Regulations for the Repair and Operation of Rolling Stock and other documents.
The Council for Rail Transport of the Commonwealth Member States was established to coordinate the work of rail transportation at the interstate level and develop agreed-upon principles for operation under an agreement of the heads of government of member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States on February 14, 1992.