The round table discussion organized as part of 16+1 format regarding development of container transports from China addressed the need for improvements in cooperation between customs institutions by introducing e-document use and improving tariff policy.
To assist with development of cooperation between partners who engaged in attraction of cargoes from China, but who are not part of 16+1 format, LDz had organized a round table discussion during the recent 16+1 summit in Riga. This discussion was attended by current and potential LDz cooperation partners engaged in transport organization from China, as reported by LDz.
Participants of the discussion emphasized that successful development of railway cargo transports from China requires a simplified electronic document circulation to help simplify the transport process and customs procedures. It is also necessary to develop a beneficial tariff policy.
«Today, the most important question is not if it is possible to develop China-Latvia railway route, but rather how it is best to develop it,» – said LDz president Edvins Berzins. He noted that there is great potential for development of steady supplies of goods procured in China online, which would be cheaper than alternative air transports.
Zhang Yi, head of China Merchants China-Belarus Commerce & Logistics Corporation, agreed that transport costs are very important for China. TransContainer logistics director Yuri Sukmanov emphasized the need to develop the introduction of new technologies: «I can use my phone to track our company’s cargoes travelling along 1,520 mm railway lines, and this is a direction we should develop.»
‘Work should be put in development of time and price reduction policy that would allow us to attract more cargoes,’ – Sukmanov added.
United Transport & Logistics president Aleksei Grom said every new train serves a proof to European and Chinese colleagues that the railway is a fine alternative to the Suez Canal. Railway transportation is one of the safest forms of transport in Eurasia. This is why it is necessary to simplify procedures and reduce tariffs. «We need to work to promote all railway advantages to our European colleagues,» – Grom added.
Belitrans deputy director general Vasili Zelenkovski added that the volume of goods transported from Chine through Belarus has increased at all customs checkpoints. Now the company sends container cargoes in Riga’s direction. «The test train sent from Yiwu, China, to Latvia reached its destination very quickly, passing through all checkpoints without problems. This means we can offer full service. We now have a unified transportation network,» – Zelenovsi said.
LDz Logistics chairman Verners Lusis reported on the arrival of the first test train last week. He commented on commencement of talks with multiple other clients in regards to organization of more trains. «I am confident that cooperation with our partners will secure quality service for the growing demand,» – the said.
Participants of the discussion agreed to develop cooperation with customs institutions, further improve circulation of electronic documents and tariffs, LDz reported.