The train sent from Ukraine to China via the “silk road”, got lost in Kazakhstan

ASTANA, February 1. Container train from the Ukraine, sent bypassing the territory of Russia for the delivery of goods on silk road from Europe to China on 15 January, is behind schedule. This was reported by TASS news Agency at the station Dostyk on the Kazakh-Chinese border.

“The train to the station arrived,” he said.

The press service of the national operator of the Railways of the Republic “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy”, to answer the question, where is the composition, could not, saying only that “the train is on the territory of the Republic”

At the same time, a source at one of the local transport companies stated that the membership on Saturday, January 30, uncoupled and is on the station Balkhash, Karaganda region (Central Kazakhstan) “due to the fact that he has not paid”. This information while officially no one has confirmed.

Earlier in the administration of the sea port Aktau (Kazakhstan) informed that the train went by ferry from Baku on 22 January, arrived in Aktau 23 January, a day later, according to the schedule. It was shipped the same day for the further route.

The train route was developed from the station Izov on the border of Ukraine and Poland to the station of Dostyk on the border of Kazakhstan and China. It includes a ferry crossing the Black sea and Caspian sea (Ilyichevsk – Batumi and Alyat – Aktau-Port). After three days, the train set should arrive in Georgia, and then overland to Azerbaijan, then by ferry crosses the Caspian sea through Kazakhstan to the border with China. Despite the challenging logistics, content, expect the authors of the project, should reach the border with China not later than in two weeks.

“From the port of Ilyichevsk on the border with China, it will end in about 11 days. It is, if there is no logistics delays throughout the race, especially at sea. Possible storm”, – said at the ceremony of sending of composition in Illichivsk the Minister of infrastructure of Ukraine Andrey Pivovarsky.

Composed of two dozen wagons, they are the route almost without load, to work out all the procedural formalities and to identify problem areas.

January 14, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Georgia signed a Protocol on establishment of preferential tariffs for cargo transportation on this route. It is anticipated that eventually a uniform tariff policy will be agreed by mid-February.

The idea of creation of transport, energy and trade corridor between Central Asia, South Asia and Europe was made in September 2013 by Chinese President XI Jinping.

The exact route will be a new “silk road”, for a long time was not fully developed. Recently Kiev began to actively promote the idea of the country for the transport of goods in the framework of this project.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev at the same time stated that the development of a new route connected with search of transport routes bypassing Russia. Sagintayev said that Kazakhstan has its Pacific terminal in Chinese port of Lianyungang, so the Republic is developing various ways of delivery of cargoes from this port to Europe to earn transit.