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Activity 3 – Logistics Pilot

N-W Russia is one of the fastest growing logistics markets inEurope. Serving the vast markets ofRussia, and representing a viable gateway between Europe andAsia, its role in global transport flows will continue to grow. The nature of transport is shifting from bulk towards transportation of containers and other more valuable cargo. This increases the demand for high-quality transport networks and services in N-W Russian logistics centres. Also international cooperation and networking becomes more crucial for local logistics centres to provide their customers with efficient logistics chains.

Activity 3 – Logistics Pilot aims at improving the interoperability and harmonizing services of the logistics centres and freight terminals inN-W Russia. By defining common interoperability between existing logistics centres it also strives to improve N-W Russian intermodal terminals’ international cooperation in the Eastern Baltic Sea Region. Improved interoperability of logistics centres and intermodal terminals in the Rail Baltica Growth Corridor cluster create potential for design of new service products within the Region.

The Activity 3 is coordinated by North-Western Russian Logistics Development and Information Centre ILOT (PP4). PP4 is responsible for smooth running of the Activity 3, ensuring timely implementation and fulfilling of its aims. PP4 is supported byPetersburgStateTransportUniversity, who will be actively involved with the activities of the Logistics Pilot. Also Finnish universities (APP and PP2) will contribute to the Pilot directly and through supporting activities and exchange of knowledge between Activities 1 and 3.

Activity 3 workplan consists of the following activities:

-          Survey on elaboration of viable networks for logistics capacities inN-W Russia

-          Analysis of companies’ demands

-          Formulating the vision of international networking and cooperation for logistics centres and intermodal terminals

In Activity 3.1 current state of logistics services for freight in N-W Russiawill be explored. Activity 3.1 will compile an integral picture of theN-W Russia’s logistics environment as a capacity for logistics services. Here, the strength and weaknesses, along with identified bottlenecks for supply chains are to be investigated. The study provides answers for questions, such as what kind of services exist, what is the level of networking and how much cross-border cooperation and/or integration there exists among the logistics service providers.

Activity 3.2 elaborates the companies’ demands regarding logistics services. It is supported by the Activity 1.2 which defines the relevant private transport service providers in N-W Russia and conducts an interview study among them, to explore e.g. their requirements concerning the level of services within the logistics centres. In order to vitalize new logistics solutions to N-W Russiaand Eastern Baltic Sea Region, creation of logistics capacities and stakeholders must be elaborated and realized. Activity 3.2 launches this process, proposing a set of measures to enable logistics solutions based on intermodal transportation in the region. Those measures are to be grounded by an analysis of the complexity of factors influencing decision-making processes of transport and logistics market stakeholders.

The Activity 3.3 summarizes the results of the previous activities 3.1 and 3.2 by formulating a joint vision for international networking and cooperation with foreign logistics centres and intermodal terminals. The Activity invites nationally important stakeholders to join the work of the Pilot. Such external experts may represent e.g. logistics centres and intermodal terminals or Associated Organizations. This stakeholders-partnership works together on issues of interoperability, elaborating the potentials for division of work and introducing of new service products (e.g. ‘one-window’ technology for freight documents, EDI technology). The Activity 3.3 will produce a Vision of the ‘internationalN-W Russia’ as capacity for logistics services. Furthermore it will produce Recommendations and Action Plan on the measures needed to start the process of creating a viable logistics service network along Rail Baltica.

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