Volume of China-Kazakhstan-Europe rail freight transport expected to increase by 23% in 2016

In the first seven months of 2016, the volume of China-Kazakhstan-Europe rail freight transport reached 4.4 million tons and is expected to record 9 million tons by the end, a 23% increase y.o.y.

According to Kazakhstan Railways there is positive dynamic of container traffic’s growth. 554 container trains serviced China – Europe – China via Kazakhstan route in the seven months of this year, growing nearly 2.5- fold compared to the same period in 2015.

China and Kazakhstan plan to increase cargo flows by improving the quality of services and by organizing new transport services on China – Kazakhstan – Central Asia.

The two countries aim to increase the volume of China-Kazakhstan-Europe rail freight transport  to 11.5 million tons in 2017.

RZD to invest RUB 168 bn next year in developing BAM and Trans-Siberian Railway

Russian Railways (RZD) plans to invest RUB 168 billion (EUR 2.3 bn) in the development of Baikal-Amur and Trans-Siberian railways next year, stated Alexander Misharin, First Vice-President of Russian Railways, at the 2nd Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.

“For this project RUB 111 billion are invested this year and RUB 168 billion next year”, he said.

The total costs of the project reach RUB 542 billion and will be carried out as a public-private partnership, which will include the modernisation of 90 railway stations and almost 5000 km of railway lines. As a result of this investment, the transport capacity of the lines could be increased with 60 million tons of freight.

The development of Baikal-Amur and Trans-Siberian Railway is on RZD’s list of priority projects for 2017, according to Valentin Gapanovich, Senior Vice-President of Russian Railways, cited by Interfax.

First China-Latvia container train in operation by end of this year

Latvian Railways (LDz) and China Railway Corporation have signed a protocol of intention concerning cooperation for the development of China Railway Express from China to Europe. China-Latvia pilot container train is scheduled for run by end of this year and will be will be organised by LDz Cargo Loģistika, a subsidiary of Latvian Railways, and China Railway Container Transport Corporation.

“We must continue a more active cooperation with Chinese colleagues and other partners to ensure regular train traffic for both Latvia’s economic interests and the entire Baltic region, strengthening the position of Latvian Railways as a Baltic transport market leader ,” said Bērziņš.

The two parties agreed on cooperate on developing rail freight transport between China and Europe, joint marketing activities, on setting the rail freight tariff and the attraction of the cargo in both directions.

The document signed by Edvīns Bērziņš, General Director of Latvian Railways, and Sheng Guangzu, General Manager of China Railway Corporation, during Latvian Transport Minister Uldis Augulis’ visit to China. Latvian Railways (LDz) also discussed cooperation opportunities with China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation, China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing and China Merchants Group.

Azerbaijani, Iranian and Russian railways to further develop the North-South corridor

Azerbaijan Railways (ADY), Iranian Railways (RAI) and Russian Railways (RZD) have signed an agreement to further develop the North-South transport corridor. The trilateral agreement was signed as part of the international business forum “1520 Strategic Partnership” held in Sochi, on June 1-3.

The agreement provides for competitive railway tariffs to attract traffic and the further development of the North-South route including the organization of a pilot container train on Bandar-Abbas-Moscow route.

North – South international transport corridor is a multimodal route for transporting both passengers and freight. The 7200 km long corridor connects St. Petersburg (Russia) to Mumbai port (India), promising to attract transit cargo from India, Iran and other Persian Gulf countries on the territory of Russia (the Caspian Sea ) and further to Northern and Western Europe.

According to Russian Railways, foreign and Russian companies show a high interest in the organization of freight transportation via this corridor. In order to reduce costs and time of delivery of goods, and to increase the commercial attractiveness of the North – South route, containerized cargo will be transported on the “western branch” of the corridor via Azerbaijan (Astara border crossing).

Landslide closed road in Almaty

According to Almaty Emergency Department, landslide hit the eastern side of Mohnatka Mountain in Almaty.

The volume of the mudslide was about 700 cubic meters. It is informed that due to the landslide Medeu-Chimbulak road was closed.

Rescue operation is underway.

China-Europe container transport via Trans-Kazakh rail network increases by 205%

The volume of transit container transport on China-Europe route via Trans-Kazakh rail network has increased by 205% in January-April 2016 compared to the same period last year. This allowed Kazakhstan Railways to increase income in Swiss francs and obtain positive financial results. The company’s net profit reached 32.6 bln tenge.

In order to repay a US $ 350 million 10-year Eurobond attracted in 2006, Kazakhstan Railways transferred to its Netherlands based subsidiary Kazakhstan Temir Zholy Finance B.V. the entire amount to be further paid to Eurobonds investors.

Three roads remain flooded in N Kazakhstan

North Kazakhstan region’s authorities have shut down the following roads: “Chelyabinsk-Novosibirsk” (525-530 km), “Saumalkol-Novoishimsky-Chervonnoye” (40-45 km), “Pokrovka-Korneyevka”, due to meltwater overflow.

Bad weather shuts down roads in Aktobe and Kostanay regions

Several roads have been closed in Aktobe and Kostanay regions since early Sunday morning for bad weather.

Sections of the Kandyagash-Emba-Shalkar-Irgiz and Aktobe-Rodnikovka-Martuk highways were shut down due to blowing snow and black ice.

Authorities in Kostanay region closed a section of the Sarykol-Bolshiye-Dubravy motorway for all types of transport due to blizzard and poor visibility.

China – Europe container traffic via Kazakhstan doubled in 2015

Container traffic on China – Europe via Kazakhstan reached 109.9 billion tkm last year, according to Alpysbayev Kanat, Vice-President of Logistics at Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ). The volume of cargo more than doubled, increasing to 46,100 TEU.

China and Kazakhstan have intensively increased collaboration in the field of freight transport and logistics during the last years, with the latter aiming to become a major logistic link connecting Europe and Asia. In February 2015, a regular container train service on the route Lianyungang – Almaty started operations. Three container trains, with an increase to five, are expected to run each week starting with this year.

In July, the first Nomad Express container train,  loaded with 106 containers, was launched from China (Shihezi) and traveled to Kazakhstan (Dostyk-Aktau port) and Azerbaijan (Kishly). The train completed the 4726 km-journey in just six days. In December, a second Nomad Express pilot train from China’s east coast port of Lianyungang arrived in Tiblisi (Georgia) on route to Istanbul.


More rail transport and logistics projects for Kazakhstan on the Iranian market

Kazakhstan Railways and Iranian Social Security Investment Company (SHASTA) intend to jointly build a terminal in the Bandar Abbas seaport and infrastructural facilities on the principle of dry port near Incheburun station on the Turkmen and Iranian border. The terminal purpose is to consolidate the logistics supply chain and to set points for transit traffic and cargo export in the ports of the Persian Gulf. The project is part of the Kazakhstan “100 steps”  program for the integration of Kazakhstan into the international transport and communication flows, and for the establishment of the multi-modal transport route Eurasian transcontinental corridor.

Within the framework of Kazakhstan Railway working visit to Iran on February 21-22, a discussion with the Director General of Raja Rail Transportation Company with the participation of Carlos Palacio OriolPresident of Patentes Talgo S.A. was held for the supply of 200 passenger cars produced by Tulpar-Talgo LLP for implementation of the program on development of the passenger transportation in Iran.

During the meeting with Dr Mohsen Pour Seyed Aghaie, General Director of Iranian Railways, the two parties planed to increase the volume of freight transported between Kazakhstan and Iran up to 2.5 mln tons in 2016.