Moscow. January 12. Russian railway operator “Technotrans” asked the Eurasian economic Commission (EEC) to take measures for “the early lifting” of the ban on access to the Kazakhstan foreign empty grain wagons, writes on Tuesday “Kommersant” with reference to the company.
Appropriate letters on Monday were sent to the Minister for competition and Antimonopoly regulation of the EEC Nurlan Aldabergenov and the head of the Committee for regulation of natural monopolies and competition protection of Kazakhstan Serik Zhumangarin. Also Technotrans requires an administrative inquiry about the legality of the imposition of such prohibitions and, together with the Prosecutor’s office to prosecute the initiators of its introduction.
As previously reported, in early January, Kazakhstan has imposed a ban on the admission of all applicants in the country of empty grain wagons, except Kazakhstan (letter dated 2 January). At the same time the railway transport Council of the CIS (which includes the railway administrations of countries with a gauge of 1520 mm) reported on the introduced restriction “Russian Railways”. In the Council’s publication stated that it did not analyse the reasons for the Convention’s prohibitions and only notify its members three days before its entry into force. According to a source of Kommersant familiar with the situation, until prohibition applies, but is likely to be cleared next week.
Your decision of Kazakhstan explains the lack of plans for collection of grain. According to the interlocutor of the newspaper, on festive days, the border has accumulated about 600 cars to “Rusagrotrans” (RAT), 250 – “Technotrans”, about 200 companies “Sodruzhestvo-Soya”.
Kazakhstan has repeatedly imposed bans on the transfer of empty wagons on the interstate butt points, reminds the edition. Last year from August 10, limiting the gondolas of foreign administrations. A total ban on “foreign” grain also introduced more than once, for example, in March 2013. In 2014 it was introduced in the peak shipping season is from January 23, which caused a sharp reaction of the Russian operators and the Ministry of transport of the Russian Federation. The official reason was called the surplus of own fleet. However, on the date of implementation of the Convention’s ban, argues in his letter Technotrans, accumulation of empty grain carriers of foreign railway administrations at stations of Kazakhstan were within normal limits.
However, the newspaper said, on December 22, Kazakhstan Railways (“Kazakhstan Temir Zholy” JSC KTZ) has agreed on providing “car care” on the part of the Railways of Latvia and Belarus (159 and 300 grain carriers, respectively). Taking them, unlike the Russian cars is not limited. Moreover, KTZ has agreed to pay for the transit of these wagons to Kazakhstan, despite the fact that the transit price only for the RF is at least $1.2 thousand from Belorussia and $1.3 thousand from Latvia for the car. In total, the costs of KTZ on transit should be about $550 thousand
The unofficial cause of the sources of Kommersant called “dumping” by Russian operators and their rates are lower than competitors from Kazakhstan. Request expensive “car assistance”, told the newspaper one of the participants of the grain market also persists, “is the personal earnings of a particular people.” RATH, in particular, is insured against this with the help established at the end of 2013, a joint venture with a subsidiary of KTZ – “Kaztemirtrans” – “Astyk TRANS”.
Another interlocutor of the edition noted that Kazakhstan expects increasing competition from the Russian owners of the rolling stock after the ban on the operation on January 1, old rolling stock, including cars. In Kazakhstan, the extension of life through modernization is not prohibited, he said. The head of the Agency “Infoline-Analytics” Mikhail Burmistrov explained to the newspaper that in 2016-2018, a write-off in Russia will reach about 4.6 thousand grain cars. But, according to him, the assumption that the Russian old cars will actively be sold in countries where no ban while not confirmed by practice. According to the expert, the current ban is short term and can be a response to local surpluses or aggressive pricing someone from Russian operators.