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GETO CCTT repsNUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan. September 25, 2019. Prompted by the rapid rise in rail traffic between Europe and China, the Group of European TransEurasia Operators and Forwarders (GETO) has agreed to work more closely with the Coordination Council for Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT).

CCTT is an international Switzerland-based association founded in 1997 by Russian Railways (RZD), Deutsche Bahn, GETO and the Korean International Freight Forwarders Association (KIFFA). GETO was established in Basle a year later and is one of the initiators and founders of CCTT.

Both organisations say they want to promote a standard set of Customs rules and operating procedures along the 12,000 kms Eurasian railway that saw a 35 percent increase in the flow of goods between China and Europe last year, according to RZD.

“We have to develop a network of public authorities, industry as well as existing infrastructure – terminals and rail networks – to solve the main problem of bottlenecks in the coordination of the last mile to the consignee,” said GETO president Harm Sievers.

CCTT secretary general Gennady Bessonow added: “All partners involved along the Silk Road are indicating to us that they are willing to improve existing processes and to connect through us. There are no concerns at all about this partnership – we are being urged to put forward proposals by policy-makers, authorities and industry in all countries involved.”

Their main goal is to continue raising awareness among the governments of affected countries and to continue increasing the movement of goods in both directions. “This will allow us to tap into additional sectors and groups of commodities and to create lasting jobs along the corridor which goes through five countries as a result of these services,” Sievers added.

Pictured left to right: CCTT secretary general Gennady Bessonow and GETO president Harm Sievers.

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