Kazakhstan introduces a ban on transit to China

LLP “KTZ-Freight Transportation” at the request of industry associations is forced to impose a ban on the carriage of goods in the direction of Dostyk station and further to China. The ban is introduced on March 1. This was reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply citing information from the press service of KTZ-Freight Transportation.

Kazakhstan introduces a ban on transit to China
Kazakhstan introduces a ban on transit to China

According to the company, the ban is imposed for the following periods: from 1 to 15 March for all cargo, except for container cargo; from 1 to 20 March – for all grain cargoes in covered wagons and grain carriers. In addition, transit stops from March 1 to March 31.

The decision was made due to the difficult situation at the border stations with the PRC. “Due to strict antiquated restrictive measures, the neighboring country does not accept loaded wagons. The number of abandoned trains is growing, which negatively affects the throughput of the mainline network of Kazakhstan, – the message says. “The railway administration has taken repeated measures to resolve this problem, but the Chinese side ignores the signed agreements and international agreements.”

At the moment, 12 thousand loaded wagons have been left from traffic. As a result, owners of rolling stock and exporters, due to long downtime, incur losses and cannot fulfill the contract.

As of February 26, about 250 wagons with grain have been redirected and returned to the original loading stations.

During the ban on transportation, KTZ-Freight Transportation LLP plans to transfer abandoned trains and grain carriers to the Chinese side.

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