The traditional expert panel organized by FOS focused on cross-border traffic


Improving the border crossing of cargo traffic will offer great savings. Hundreds of cargo units cross the Finnish-Russian railway border reliably and fast, but more than 500 wagons each year get their border crossing rejected. This is a small proportion of the whole amount ransported, but with a substantial economic impact, when noting the direct expenses such as labor cost, fixing of the loading, and the value of the cargo seized with the associated interest. The challenges of the border crossing were discussed in the seminar of Freight One Scandinavia, a logistics company specializing in railway cargo transport between Finland, Russia and the CIS countries, that gathered together the core decision makers of the Finnish-Russian railway cargo transport. “Avoiding the send backs from the border would generate by minimum 5 Million Euro savings that would remain in Finland and thus improving the competitiveness of the export and transit traffic. Competition between the routes is intense, so all the railway stake holders shall co-operate. Minimizing the send backs from the border is one of such an opportunity.” says the Managing Director of Freight One Scandinavia, Mr. Anssi Laakkonen.
Project cargo is regulated by the lashing and fixing terms and the general terms of transport, that have entered in force 2006. The norms aim at ensuring the safety and integrity of the cargo, but wagons get stuck on the border, or even get returned from the border because of i.a. technical or commercial discrepancies or due to poor documentation. “This is part of the safety of traffic. Among the cargo, however, there are found loose wooden parts, inadequate lashing, or no lashing at all, or improper seals are affixed. These may cause the shifting of the cargo, and make it unacceptable for transport.” describes the deputy head of Buslovskaya station Ms. Angelika Pynt. Pynt says that Buslovskaya station works closely with Vainikkala, but she calls for senders’ responsibility for adequate preparations for transport. Russians emphasize that the documents are checked with care and the rules are observed diligently in the Eastern neighbor. “Creating of the documentation can be improved with simple things. Buslovskaya station also offers pre-checking, that has worked out in good co-operation. Support will always be available.” says Mr. Ari-Pekka Tynys who’s in charge of the specific questions in the international cargo traffic at VR Transpoint.
The railway cargo traffic across the Eastern border is about to move into paperless flow, that is piloted for the time being, but which will still take some time to be taken in full use. The annual volume of railway cargo from Finland to Russia has risen 2,4 percentage points this year. 
More information: Managing Director of Freight One Scandinavia, Mr. Anssi Laakkonen, +358 400 401 972, anssi [dot] laakkonen [at] freight1 [dot] fi