Russian freight train, source: Russian Railways

Belarusian Railway extends use of digital documents in freight transportation

Belarusian Railway has implemented the electronic document in transit transportation of empty private freight wagons between Latvia and Russia via Belarus. The project allows for the use of digital documents with an electronic signature instead of paper ones at the border. Belarusian Railways intends to extend this practice to export and import operations.

The electronic document management project is a joint project, including Russian Railways and Latvian Railway. It was launched on 10 December. The Latvia-Belarus-Russia corridor became the second transit international route with digital invoices on the 1520-millimetre-gauge network. Belarusian Railways is regarding it as a next step in the digitalisation of freight transportation. This solution allows for optimising and facilitating the interaction between carrier and customers.

First steps

Belarusian Railway commenced with the digitalisation in freight transportation in the middle of 2015, when a specialised information system “Electronic transportation” was entered into service. The innovation allows using digital documents for operations inside the country.

In December 2016, Belarusian Railway started applying electronic documents for transit operations with empty freight wagons that run from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia via Lithuania and Belarus. Moreover, the carrier implemented electronic document management for operations with empty freight wagons in the bilateral relations of Belarus with both Lithuania and Latvia.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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