International transporation and logistics company AsstrA was officially recognized as a member of the Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT) during the organization's 26th plenary meeting taking place from 20-21 September.
Currently, the CCTT has more than 100 members, which come from 23 countries and include national rail companies from Europe, Asia and the CIS, leading sea carriers, operators and forwarders, port and stevedoring companies, state organizations, administrators, and municipalities, as well as telecom, security, media, and marketing companies.
AsstrA General Director Dmitry Lagun participated in the CCTT working group meeting focused on enhancing the competitiveness of Trans-Siberian route. In his presentation, he described AsstrA's experience developing accelerated container train transport (ACT) offerings. He outlined the overall challenges, suggested possible solutions, and shared perspectives and expectations from membership of the company in CCTT for the extension segment of the transportation accelerated container trains.
"Such cooperation will enable us to offer customers competitive rates for rail transportation and expand the range of partnership arrangements with train operators. Association membership provides online access to exclusive analytical information on intermodal transport on the Trans-Siberian route for international trains. It also allows us to get regular, up-to-date news and the latest market information,” said Mr. Lagun. “On our side, we are making a commitment to take steps to increase rail transport volume and competences. We intend to participate in the development of a joint initiative based on CCTT proposals for the ACT segment and to ensure that the proposals are implemented by state bodies participating in the Council."
AsstrA has been taking advantage of Trans-Siberian railway (TSR) opportunities for over 10 years. The company carries out regular transport using this route. In the first nine months of 2017, the TSR has accounted for about 5% of AsstrA's total rail shipments.
AsstrA uses the Trans-Siberian railway as a strategically important international transport corridor between the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. Plans call for a 25% increase in volume on this route by September 2018. The most important milestones for AsstrA on this route will be the transition to regular LCL shipments, full containers with cargo exclusively from AsstrA's customers, and ultimately entire trains under AsstrA orders.
So far in 2017, eight companies have become associate members of the CCTT. AsstrA was recognized for its active participation in the development of Trans-Siberian rail services.