Russia and Kazakhstan can launch in September a pilot project to track transit freight traffic using electronic seals. On the Russian side, the project was proposed to entrust the FCS, RT-Invest Transport Systems, operator of the Platon system, will be the operator. It is assumed that a later pilot project can be extended to all EEU countries. For business, participation in the experiment will be voluntary.
The Kommersant got acquainted with the draft order of the Government of the Russian Federation on conducting an experiment on monitoring transit automobile transport of goods moved between customs houses of Russia and Kazakhstan. The decision to conduct such an experiment was taken by the vice prime ministers of the EEU countries on July 13. Then at a meeting of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission its participants spoke of the prevalence of paper turnover in dealing with business with authorities and the lack of transparency in procedures related to the movement of goods.
The Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Maxim Akimov instructed the FCS, the Ministry of Economy, and a number of other departments to prepare documents necessary for the project. Responsible for conducting the experiment is to designate the FCS, the operator of the tracking system - RT-Invest Transport Systems, created with the participation of the Rostek state corporation, the company is the operator of the Platon system. With the help of electronic navigation seals in the future, it is planned to track the movement of transit cargo through the territory of the EEU. If the integrity of the seal is violated, the information will be available to the state regulatory authorities and cargo owners in online mode.
It is assumed that the experiment will last only one month, from September 1 to October 1 of this year, Russian and Kazakh carriers will be able to participate voluntarily. "The experiment is carried out for the practical development of mechanisms for monitoring transit traffic within the framework of the EEU," the explanatory note to the draft order says. ECE explained that experience with navigation seals already exists in Russia and Kazakhstan, so these countries will act as pioneers of the project. Until November 1, 2018, the results of the pilot will be analysed, they will be considered at the next meeting of the EEC Council. Now the requirement to use seals and the GLONASS system for deliveries through Russia extends to the movement of goods from Ukraine to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
To start the project, until September 1, FCS will determine the customs authorities that will participate in it, as well as the commodity groups for which monitoring will be conducted. Conducting the experiment does not require additional expenses from the budget, they note in the service. RT-Invest Transport Systems will participate in the pilot free of charge, it is also proposed to use the existing infrastructure and capabilities of the GLONASS and Platon systems.
The operator is instructed to develop before September 1 a user's guide for customs officers, the procedure for imposing, removing, activating and deactivating navigation seals, their turnover and accounting, and to ensure the production of at least one hundred seals for the experiment. "An electronic seal is actually an on-board computer with a huge number of functions, carrying all the information necessary for transportation on board," RT-Invest Transport Systems explained, noting that a prototype of the electronic seal has already been developed and software has been tested.
Freight carriers will be able to receive electronic seals for free. "It's premature to talk about fees and tariffs, the first estimates of operating expenses will be only after piloting. In the future, various scenarios are proposed for the convenience of service users, for example, renting a seal on a route without the need to purchase," a representative of RT Invest Transport Systems explained.