Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan cooperation for technical regulation of railways

According to the information provided by the press center of Belarusian Railways, the railway operators of Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan have signed a memorandum on joint actions that will be carried out as technical regulations of the Customs Union for railway transport.  The document was signed by Chief Engineer of Belarusian Railways Valery Shubaderov, Chief Vice President of OAO Russian Railways Valentin Gapanovich, and Managing Director, Chief Engineer of the Kazakh railway operator Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) Serik Tolebayev. The document was signed at the seminar held in Minsk on 26-27 November where were  discussed the technical regulation in the area of railway products and infrastructure in the Customs Union. The seminar gathered representatives of the railway administrations of Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan, the State Standardization Committee and the Transport and Communications Ministry of Belarus, Belarusian and foreign companies, and railway hardware manufacturers.

The memorandum presents cooperation between the railway administrations of the three countries in the technical regulation of railway transport. The document also stipulates mandatory conformance with technical regulations in the Customs Union in addition to the development and improvement of the testing and experimental bases of railway products.

To add to this, Belarus and Russia plan to increase mutual railway freightage. Belarus has presented its transit potential in Moscow. Colleagues from Russia and freight forwarders familiarized themselves with 2014 Belarusian Railways’ tariff policy and a new transport development strategy. Belarusian and Russian railway workers aim at attracting additional cargo volumes.A large-scale investment project on Gomel- Zhlobin-Osipovichi railway lines electrification and renewal of the freight car and modern locomotive fleet is to be implemented by the end of 2014 in Belarus.

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