International Rail Freight Conference


March 22, 2011 (Tue)

 Arrival of participants
15:30UIC-GTE Meeting (only for invited)
20:00Get-together Dinner: Speakers, Partners, Sponsors, V.I.P.

March 23, 2011 (Wed)

09:301. Introductory and Politic-Economic Aspects
09:30Introductory WordJiří PaděraJERIDCzech Republic
09:40Euro-Asian Railway CorridorsIvo VykydalMinistry of TransportCzech Republic

- Transit corridors in the Czech Republic and their modernisation;
- Modernisation or railway nodes
- European system for the railway transport management;
- Railway transport within OSŽD;
- Use of the shared consignment note CIM/SMGS

10:00Status and Prospects of the rail landbridge between Europe and AsiaOliver SellnickUICFrance
10:20OSJD - 55 years in supporting of rail transport between Europe and AsiaLajos SimonOrganization for Cooperation of Railways (OSJD)Poland

- About creation of conditions for personal and cargo transport during the “Cold War”
- About the formation of the railway cooperation association
- About extending the activities of OSJD
- About the affiliated companies
- About the tasks of OSJD in the present situation

10:40The Thought of Transportation on Eurasia Land BridgeZhao ZhangCIFA – China International Freight Forwarders AssociationChina

The speech is divided into 3 parts: the first is the present situation of Eurasia Land Bridge, the second is problems on Eurasia Land Bridge; the last part is suggestion to the development of Eurasia Land Bridge.
Above all, in the second part, the speaker points out and analyzes the problems including: 1、increasing customs charges give rise to the cost of trans-Eurasia rail freight, causing the price unrealistically high 2、complicated time-consuming customs clearance cancel out the time advantage of railway 3、lagging infrastructure restrain the development of rail freight 4、incompatible dispatch order 5、information asymmetry

11:302. General and Legislative Environment for the Freight Transport
11:30The European rail network for competitive freight - developing corridors for efficient international rail freightDr. Gerhard TrocheEuropean Commission, DG MOVEBelgium

The Regulation concerning a European rail network for competitive freight (EC 913/2010) entered into force on 9 November 2010. Its overall purpose is to increase rail freight's attractiveness and efficiency so that rail can increase its competitiveness and market share on the European transport market. In order to achieve this it foresees the establishment of nine international Rail Freight Corridors, with the twofold aim (1) to lay the ground for provision of rail freight services of good quality meeting customer expectations and (2) to develop these corridors in terms of capacity and infrastructure standards for freight.
Along the Rail Freight Corridors cooperation among the various actors - especially among Infrastructure Managers - will be reinforced; train paths of high quality will be provided to address market demand in quantitative as well as qualitative terms. Three of the nine Rail Freight Corridors will serve places at the EU's eastern border, creating new opportunities to improve connections with Eastern Europe and Asia via the rail landbridges.

11:50New technologies, system integration and unified transport policies as a prerequisite of Euro-Asian railway corridor developmentMiroslav HaltufOLTIS GroupCzech Republic

The presentation is focused on analysis of impacts and contents of the transport policies in the frame of the particular partial sections of the Euro-Asian railway connection; the impact and the role of the railway industry, especially focused on information and communication technology, on the improvement of transport efficiency and train, wagons and consignments operation technology will be also presented. Next part of the presentation deals with the aim and the position of system integration and system

12:10Corridors and Supply Chains Asia-Europe with the Common Consignment Note CIM/SMGSErik EvtimovInternational Rail Transport Committee (CIT)Switzerland

Common CIM/SMGS consignment note ;Electronic CIM/SMGS consignment note ;CIM/SMGS wagon and container lists ;Practical implementation of the common CIM/SMGS Consignment note in the various railway corridors ;Transcontinental axes between Europe and Asia/Kazakhstan/China ;Legal instruments for CIM/SMGS traffic ;Rules for the payment of compensation following claims ;Creation of Unified Railway Law

12:30International Legislation on Rail Freight - New Chances and RisksGustav KafkaIntergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF)Switzerland

The fact that several international bodies play a major role in the international legislation on rail freight requires cooperation and coordination. The presentation gives a description of the current situation including promising new efforts but also problems still to be solved.

12:50The success story of the new transport mode from Asia to MoscowJürgen RognerTrans Eurasia Transport SolutionsGermany

The transport services provider TETS is offering a new product for shipping containers between China and Moscow in conjunction with the multi-modal subsidiary of Lianyungang China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL). The scheduled rail service connects the major business centres in south, east and north China with the European city of Moscow. The transport solution is 16 times cheaper than air freight and twice as fast as shipping the goods by sea. TETS needs just 23 – 25 days to ship goods door-to-door from Lianyungang to Moscow – and just 28 days for the Beijing – Moscow route. The product is fulfilling international standards. TETS is currently completing the detailed planning work for additional routes from Japan, Korea and Taiwan to the Russian capital.

14:303. Connecting European and Asian Worlds: International Organisations and Corridors
14:30Activities of OSJD in organization of container transports in the Euro-Asian railway regionZubajda AspayevaOrganization for Cooperation of Railways (OSJD)Poland
14:50Activity of CCTT members and their involvement in Euro-Asian transport using Transsib railway: Creation of the transport product able to competeGennady BessonovCoordinating Council on Transsiberian Transportation (CCTT)Russia
15:10Building a Transcontinental Freight Railway – the European Interoperability System, a Model to FollowEric FontanelUNIFE – The European Rail IndustryBelgium
15:30Assessing the viability of a rail link between Europe and AsiaSandra GéhénotUICFrance
15:50South-East European rail logistics by ferry links to CIS countries Ivan PetrovInternational Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA)Bulgaria

Cargo routes/Intermodal solutions with the use of ferry lines from/to Varna, Bulgaria

16:10Far East Land Bridge - The alternativeThomas KarglFar East Land BridgeAustria
17:004. Key Players: National Railways
17:00Russian RailwaysSergey StolyarovRZD Railways of the Russian FederationRussia
17:20PKP Cargo Logistics – Target and PerspectivesBoguslaw NeyCARGOSPEDPoland
17:40Business Strategy of ČD CargoTomáš HonomichlČD CargoCzech Republic

The key point of the ČD Cargo business strategy in the next period is especially provision of transport services with higher added value, including new types of logistics services, increased profitability of the railway freight transport in the Czech Republic and last but not least, territorial development of the ČD Cargo company. This is connected also with preparation of new products, ČD Cargo is going to offer its customers.


March 24, 2011 (Thu)

09:005. Business on Rail
09:00Experience of China High-speed Railway Development and Oversea Investment OpportunityHongyi FangBeiJing GuoTie HuaChen Communication & Information Technology Co.China
09:20Future development of combined transport on the West-East corridorAlberto GrisoneHupac IntermodalSwitzerland
09:40From Rotterdam to Afghanistan by rail: a concrete and successful caseJulien MorizetERS RailwaysNetherlands

ERS Railways has been asked by a major freight forwarding to find a new intermodal route to Afghanistan, using rail as a major component in the transport solution. Thanks to partnerships with Dutch, Czech, and Russian companies, ERS Railways has been able to launch successfully block trains of containers from Rotterdam to Afghanistan in summer 2010. These trials show the strategic importance of the Euro-Asia rail links, also for the Eastbound direction. Thanks to this success, the next steps could be other dedicated block trains from Europe to various land-locked countries in Central Asia.

10:00Case study KalugaRalf-Charley SchultzeGEFCOAustria

Successful implementation of a huge multimodal business; perspectives in the future for direct shipments out of China and Japan to Russia.

10:20Container train project "Odessa-Slavkov"Miroslav SmulczynskiPKP LHSPoland

Container transport on the route Odessa - Slawkow using the route LHS, with the option to use the route LHS. Circuit of the container train Odessa (UA) - Slawkow (PL) - project with cooperation of PKP LHS, OA Plaske, ТIS.

11:106. Supporting the Business: Interoperability, Information Technologies
11:10Performance and Customer Service from an Infrastructure Managers PerspectiveMichael A. Robson Great Britain

The presentation will cover the areas where Infrastructure Managers can add value to the customers product by giving examples of issues which are being addressed by Infrastructure Managers. The presentation will also highlight areas where further work is required suggesting possible solutions building on the work of Freight Corridors and discussing how these might be taken forward outside of Europe.

11:30Issues of interoperability rising from the international Euro-Asian railway transportsDavid KrásenskýOLTIS GroupCzech Republic

Every railway business involving more than two parties involves necessarily their cooperation, coordination, and also physical handover of the cargo and exchanging the accompanying information. During the decades many diverse standards and regulations on both technical and regulation side have been adopted by the national railways, however, and today they comprise one of the major obstacles for international cargo. The author pinpoints the most significant differences among various operated standards, and discusses ways to overcome them, as an important prerequisite for seamless transcontinental cooperation.

11:50NHM and DIUM – Part of international tariffs by UICWerner BachDB Schenker RailGermany

Mr. Bach will report on the collaboration between UIC and OSJD, which aims to harmonize the UIC managed working documents NHM (Commodity list) and DIUM (international distance tables) with the relevant working documents of the OSJD to the exchange of goods between the two transport law systems, CIM and SMGS to simplify it.

12:10EuroAsian Rail Freight Transport: A Support with Information and Data; Common Consignment Note CIM/SMGSLibor BelfínJERIDCzech Republic
12:30Southern Corridor Transportation investment opportunitiesDaniel GiblinEC Harris LLPGreat Britain

Report on work done by EC Harris for the EC and the private sector on development of projects and the response from the private sector and IFI

13:507. Intermodal Transport
13:50Easy international movement of containers, the Role of BICArmand ToubolBureau International des Containers et du Transport Intermodal (B.I.C.)France
14:10Terminal Development in PolandWalter Schulze-FreybergPOLZUGGermany

The terminal infrastructure for island intermodal terminals in Poland is changing. More and more operators change to a hub koncept with fast schuttle trans between seaports and island hub. This requires adjustment of traditional production concepts, software, etc.
Possibly, we can already comment on the results of the first Polish / EU funding of intermodal infrastructure in Poland.

14:30Growing significance of the hinterland logistic centres for intermodal transport and their IT supportRostislav VašekCID InternationalCzech Republic

The importance of inland logistics centres for combined transport. Present status. The need for specialised information systems to ensure their operation.

14:50Concept solution of transports of dangerous goods in Swap Body tank-containersLilia KrutonogExpress-Interfracht CzechCzech Rep.
15:10Importance of Transcontinental Transit Terminal for Euro-Asian trade, goods and raw materials exchangeJuraj JančinaT.T.T – Transcontinental Transit TerminalSlovakia

The T.T.T. project is the only complex transcontinental transit terminal in the Central Europe integrating the railway, air, ship, road and pipe transport. This is important to meet the ”Danube Region Strategy“ objectives and it reflects the fact, that new countries have joined the European Union.
It is a planned investment in Europe for transcontinental transit transport of the planned routes of the transcontinental transit transport from the view of optimal distribution of junction nodes, for which the Slovak Republic seems to be optimal location. These nodes also encourage the formation of a suitable strategy for the Danube Region in the already prepared Action plan for the Danube Strategy made by the European Commission.

15:30Review and Prospect of the Development of Chinese Railway Import and ExportJun ZhaoChina National Machinery Imp. & Exp. Corp. (CMC)China

1. History of Chinese Railway Machinery Imp. & Exp.
2. Performance of CMC on railway import
3. Performance of CMC on railway export
4. Chinese rail transportation market in the future

16:208. Key Players: Railways and Forwarders
16:20The future of single wagon transportOlaf KrügerCommunity of European Railforwarders (IBS) / Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KGGermany
16:40Russia, Kazakhstan, Belorussia – Integrated Custom AreaOgnan AndreevCTMRussia
17:00ZSSK CARGO and development of freight transport at interface of 1435mm and 1520mm gaugesPeter PavlíkZSSK CargoSlovakia

- Transformation process of railways in SR
- Characteristics of the transport market in Slovakia (2010)
- Basic ZSSK CARGO statistical data – as per 31.12.2010
- ZSSK CARGO product portfolio
- ZSSK CARGO transport flows in 2010
- Eastern Slovak Transshipment Yards
- Transportation of goods from Ukraine to Slovakia
- Opportunities for development of combined transport in direction Asia – Europe using ZSSK CARGO

17:20Activities of Kazakhstan Railways in the development of freight transportations between Europe and AsiaTimur ZhunusovKTZ Kazakhstan RailwaysKazakhstan
17:35Uzbekistan Railways - The way of progress and cooperationMirpulat MirkhamidovUTI Uzbekistan RailwaysUzbekistan
17:50Transit potential of the Belarusian railway to support the Euro-Asian freight transportationVitaliy KapelkoBC Belarus RailwaysBelarus
18:05SNCF - Captrain Solutions - Europe-Asia LinksJérôme MelineSNCF FRETFrance
19:15Bus Departure
20:00Czech Dinner "U Fleků"

March 25, 2011 (Fri)

08:45Nostalgic Train
10:30Visiting of the Castle Karlštejn
16:00IRFC Cocktail

March 26–27 (Sat-Sun)

 Departure of Participants
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