UTLC ERA launches multimodal service for CIM/SMGS integrated solution


Joint stock company “United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Rail Alliance” (UTLC ERA) launches a new container service from China to Europe and back using the CIM/SMGS uniform consignment note in multimodal traffic.

On November 01, 2019, the first container train was dispatched from Hsinchu (Xian) station with Mannheim (Germany) being the station of destination through the sea port Baltiysk of Kaliningrad region with the use of the CIM/SMGS uniform consignment note as a carriage document along the entire route. It is an unparalleled event to use the CIM/SMGS uniform consignment note as a uniform carriage document in transcontinental traffic when applying multimodal transportation by sea and by rail! It is the first time when the CIM/SMGS consignment note is used not only for two legal regimes but also for two kinds of transport.

The container train includes 42 loaded containers with different cargoes: electronics, spare car parts, textile products, equipment, musical instruments, furniture and children’s toys.

On November 11, 2019, the oncoming train is expected to be dispatched from Germany with the vessel arriving at the port of Baltiysk on November 13, 2019 in order to be further dispatched to China.

The containers of China – Europe route will be transshipped to the railway cars of 1,435 mm tracks at the station Sassnitz-Mukran via the port of Mukran (Germany). On the route of Europe – China the transshipment to the railway cars of 1,520 mm is carried out at the station of Baltiysk-exp via the port of Baltiysk.

The expected transit time on the route in both directions will not exceed 14 days.

The service has been launched as part of the JSC UTLC ERA initiatives in the filed of reducing the transit time aimed at increasing the scope of transit goods carried in containers by rail.

The key advantage of the CIM/SMGS consignment note is the absence of the need to re-issue the carriage document when transferring from one transport law to another (for instance, transfer of SMGS law to CIM law when transporting from China to Europe).

Application of the uniform consignment note makes it possible to exclude: additional expenses related to re-issue; “human factor” and possible errors of re-issue. Absence of necessity to re-issue the documents results in reduction of the carriage time.