Belarus and Russia have suggested that Kazakhstan switch to common rail freight tariffs, head of Belarusian Railways Anatoly Sivak said on Thursday. "Russia and Belarus have a common tariff for railway freights transportation," Sivak said at a press conference in Minsk, adding that Kazakhstan was looking into ways of switching. A Customs Union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan formally came into existence on January 1, 2010, but was unable to start working fully until the Customs Code came into effect on July 6.
"The work of the Customs Union will clearly accelerate the introduction of a common rail tariff between Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan," Sivak said. He also said Belarus, Russia and China had joint plans to build a high-speed railroad between Minsk and Moscow with speeds of up to 300 km/h. The official said the project could be economically beneficial for all three countries.