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CIS states, Baltic States and Georgian railways signed a joint protocol

BC, Tallinn, 21.02.2014.Print version
Estonia's state-owned railways company Eesti Raudtee hopes to increase the cargo flows via Estonia, thanks to the interstate railways joint project signed on Thursday in Tallinn, since according to new schedules, more cargo transport can be channelled via the South East Estonian Koidula border checkpoint instead of North Eastern Narva, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.

A joint protocol between CIS states, the Baltic States and Georgian railways was signed on Thursday in Tallinn, that determines the volume of trains and traffic schedule.


The cargo volume of Estonian railway grid operator fell in January by 19.2% as compared to January 2013, primarily due to the fall of oil transport, where the fall was 24%.


AS Eesti Raudtee development director Toomas Uiboupin said that the fall comes mainly from the fact that the comparison base a year ago was record high.


The cooperation plan that was signed should be favourable for Estonia, since it enables to distribute the load between Narva and Koidula border checkpoints better: certain goods that so far arrived via Narva can now also arrive via Koidula.


CIS Railways Council board deputy chairman Vyacheslav Tkatckenko said that Estonia has a very favourable location for transit and only the transport capacity has to be increased.

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