First completely digital shipment from China to Belarus
The first completely digitised container shipment between Asia and Europe arrived. It was a shipment from China to Belarus. It is part of the INTERTRAN project, which aims for effective digital interaction between railway, seaports and regulatory authorities.
The pilot shipment was arranged by Russian Railways, Belarusian Railway and FESCO Transportation Group. From the port of Ningbo, the cargo was sent to the Russian port of Vladivostok. Here, it was sent by rail to the Kolyadichi station in Belarus.
The service reduced the time required for processing freight documents by four days. It was the use of solely electronic transport documents, transit declarations and electronic customs clearance that made it possible.Normally, paperwork constitute a large part of the processing time at borders or handovers.
The INTERTRAN project was initiated by Russian Railways in October 2018 in the framework of the UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly strategic action plan. It enjoys the funding of all UIC members of the region and the support of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).
INTERTRAN technology has already been replicated throughout the Russian Railways network, and over 6,000 containers have been transported with this service. This latest shipment was the first time that a complete journey from China to Belarus was carried out digitally, said Russian Railways.