2012, 2 NOV
Russian Railways Logistics Sends First Container Train from China to Europe with CIM/SMGS Common Consignment Note.
“Introduction of CIM/SMGS Common Consignment Note is a result of the two-year work of the railway administrations of all transit countries,” - says Pavel Sokolov, the CEO of Russian Railways Logistics. – “Shippers save transit time due to container demurrage decrease at the border stations.”

Multi-client train, which consists of 42 forty-foot containers and loaded with Acer, ASUS and other producer cargo, left Chongqing (China) on October 31 for Poland and Germany. Kaztransservice (Kazakhstan) and Belintertrans (Belarus) participated in this forwarding project as transit partners for Russian Railways Logistics.

Moreover, this document reduces consumer spending on freight forwarding. The client is usually charged for re-issuing of the CIM consignment note in place of SMGS note for each shipment at the border stations. The CIM/SMGS Common Consignment Note eliminates these extra payments.

The common consignment note is a customs document provided in paper and electronic form based on the EU requirement about prior authorization.

RZDL coordinates interaction of companies participating in freight forwarding. Special attention is given to transit areas, where the narrow-gauge railway converts into the broad one, e.g. Dostyk station in Kazakhstan, and the broad-gauge railway switches to the narrow one at Malaszewicze station in Poland.

Development of the China-Europe corridor will lead to forwarding speed-up by up to two days and will further expand the potential client base on this route.

The joint venture YuXinOu (Chongqing) Logistics Co., Ltd, founded by the Transport Holding Chongqing (CQCT), China Railway International Multimodal Transport (CRIMT), JSC Russian Railways Logistics, Schenker China Ltd. and JSC Kaztransservice, was registered in Chongqing (China) in May 2012. RZD Logistics owns 16.3% of the share capital of the joint venture. The main activity of YuXinOu is operating regular container transportation by rail from Asia (Chongqing, China) to Europe (Duisburg, Germany). Company offers freight forwarding, customs clearance, consulting and other services related to international container train transportation. The final goal of the joint venture is to create a logistics company with 3 PL door-to-door services.