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ESCAP and OSJD discussed issues of facilitation of international rail transport

December 20, 2017, Astana - with the active participation of JSC NC KTZ a regional meeting on harmonization of rules and regulations on facilitation of international rail transport was held under the auspices of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the Committee and Organization for Co-operation between Railways (OSJD).

The meeting was attended by representatives of transport ministries, railways, customs services, as well as international organizations - OSCE, World Customs Organization, Turkic Council, Eurasian Economic Commission, International Railway Transport Committee, and Coordinating Council for Trans-Siberian Transportation.

Speaking with a welcoming speech, the Director for Integration and Foreign Policy Department of JSC NC KTZ Zhasulan Aliyev noted that "in 2017, 25 years have passed since Kazakhstan joined ESCAP."

For Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries which are do not have access to the world's oceans and international maritime routes, providing a simplified system of border crossing is an important factor in economic growth.

Dmitrii Potlov, Deputy Chairman of the Transport Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, also expressed his vision of development of cooperation with ESCAP and OSJD on the issues of barrier-free crossing of international borders.

The participating countries presented reports on measures to simplify procedures for rail transport at international border crossings.

  Presentation of the Kazakh side was presented by Kanat Almagambetov, General Director of the Union of Transport and Logistics Organizations and Associations "KAZLOGISTICS". He spoke about the work to improve the logistics environment: reducing physical and non-physical barriers, digitalization of processes related to border crossing and cargo transportation.

According to Kanat Almagambetov, "the implementation of the strategy for the development of the multimodal transport and logistics holding – JSC NC KTZ improved the quality of transport and logistics services and the position of Kazakhstan in the International Logistics Rating by 11 positions in comparison with the results of 2014. That is from 88 to 77 out of 160. This is the best indicator among the CIS countries. "

The Customs Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan made changes in the part of reducing the number of documents provided during customs declaration. Preliminary information is being introduced to accelerate and streamline the process of customs control. This system has already been implemented on the border with China.

As a result of the meeting, the Concept for Raising the Efficiency of railway border passes in the Trans-Asian Railway Network and beyond was adopted.

The document formulates conclusions and recommendations, determines the next joint steps of the participating countries to improve the efficiency of border crossing by rail.


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