In September, the throughput of demanded rail freight traffic in the direction of China-Europe may be reduced by 30% due to delays at border crossings in Kazakhstan.

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Covid-19 cases in China’s Xinjiang province caused congestion at the Alashankou border crossing, with about 50 trains queuing up at the end of last week, informs Railway Supply magazine referring  to Rail-news.kz.

China-Europe rail traffic is growing rapidly amid troubled air and sea freight markets. Thus, in the first half of the year, the traffic volumes increased by 52%, to 707 thousand TEU.

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According to the China Railway, 1,352 trains were sent on the Silk Road last month, an 8% increase over the last month. Chengdu-based New Silk Road Intermodal (NSR) said that delays in Kazakhstan, including the Khorgos border crossing, were increasing during August due to increased traffic.

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