Kazakhstan detained a Ukrainian train on the “Silk road” for non-payment

Kazakhstan detained a Ukrainian train on the “Silk road” for non-payment

ASTANA, February 2. The movement of the pilot container train sent to Ukraine on January 15 in bypass Russia to deliver cargo “silk way”, for two days was halted in Kazakhstan because of a delay of payment from the customer. This was reported by the national rail carrier of the Republic “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy” (KTZ – “Kazakhstan Railways”).

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“January 24 in the port of Aktau (Kazakhstan) from the port of Ilyichevsk (Ukraine) arrived experimental container train sent in the framework of the project of TRANS-Caspian international transport route. The train has proceeded further on the new railway line Zhezkazgan-Saksaulskaya-Beineu station Dostyk”, – stated in the message the press service of KTZ.

The press service noted that “multimodal operator JSC “KTZ Express” (a subsidiary of KTZ), guided by the law of Kazakhstan “On railway transport”, decided to stop along the route of the experimental train on the metro Janaarka (Karaganda region in Central Kazakhstan – ed.) January 27″.

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“According to the rule of law, …fee for shipping and other due to the carrier charges are to be paid by the shipper, the shipping agent in advance of shipment of cargo”, – specified in the message. According to KTZH, “on station containers has been two days, and after the implementation of a customer charge, a container train travelled path”.

Currently the train is at the station Dostyk (border with China), where he arrived on 31 January.

Travel time – 17 days instead of the estimated two weeks. In the composition of the two dozen cars that complete the route almost without load, to work out all the procedural formalities and to identify problem areas.

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Train route

The route structure 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. The composition, by calculations of authors of the project, should reach the border with China not later than in two weeks.

Transportation bypassing Russia

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.

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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 own terminal in China’s Pacific port of Lianyungang, so the Republic is developing various ways of delivery of cargoes from this port to Europe to earn transit.