Delays in Alashankou and Dostyk

As our partner TCR reports, there are currently delays at the crossing of Alashankou and Dostyk due to the large volumes of containers coming in from Qingdao and Lianyungang.  There are currently 4,700 TEU in Qingdao and 8,064 TEU in Lianyungang. Reloading between Alashankou and Dostyk is still very slow with daily capacity of just about 200 wagons and the loading process to reaches up to 15 hours per train.

We expect railcars to be shipped out as following:

Arrival to Huangdao in August 2011 => dispatch by rail in November, 2011

Arrival to Huangdao in September 2011 => dispatch by rail in December 2011 – 10th January, 2012

Arrival to Huangdao in October 2011 => dispatch by rail after 10th January, 2012

In order to ease the congestion, it has been proposed that the entire railway be on one information system which will allow the railway and customs to have the ability to have smoother communication but up to this point, it has not been created.

We shall keep you duly informed of new developments!

Russia signs trade agreements with 7 ex-Soviet Nations

In order to improve economic connections with Community of Independent States (CIS) nations, on Tuesday Russia signed  a free- trade agreement with the Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Tajikistan. The new agreement would cancel import-export obligations on particular goods which weren’t announced yet. More than likely other states from the  former Soviet Union such as Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan will join this bound. Agreement will come in effect only after the parliament improvement in 2012.

Russian/CIS rail delays via Qingdao, China

New railway operations whereby containers for one destination in Russia/ CIS must be accumulated until there is a full train approximately 48 platforms. This is a new method. Previously many containers would depart same train for various destinations. Result will be longer transit times for cargo To Russia/ CIS for those containers destined smaller cities.




There is a current backlog of containers moving to Kazakstan and the surrounding region when cargo moves via Qingdao, China. There may be a solution to this problem after June 20th when Railway official decide a proper course of action. The primary issue is shortage of rail flatcars.

St. Petersberg Update

Original Update 3/11/2011

Heavy wind & ice have paralyzed vessel activity in the Gulf of Finland moving to & from the port of St. Petersburg.  Earlier in the week Russia had dispatched the icebreaker “Vaygach” from Murmansk to assist with escorting stranded vessels.

St. Petersburg Surcharge

Original Update 4/1/2011

St. Petersburg congestion surcharge

Due to congestion in St. Petersburg, effective 4/1/11 there will be a fee assessed to all containers.  The amount will be different per carrier but should average $50 per container.

St. Petersburg emergency surcharge

On top of the congestion surcharge, carriers will start charging an emergency surcharge effective 3/20/11 to all import and export cargo in the amount of EURO 75 per TEU.

Shipping News From RCL Agencies

Original New Date: April 1, 2011

Import & export container volumes continue to show strength in the US market and many vessels are overbooked.  This demand has facilitated an announced GRI from most lines in the below amount.

  • Effective April 1, 2011
  • From / To USA / North Europe as well as other trade lanes
  • Amount: USD 240 per 20′ container & USD 300 per 40′ container

Our opinion is the full GRI can pass only if volumes continue to be strong through the end of this month.  Please be aware this increase is separate from rising fuel increases we are seeing and can expect over the next several weeks or months.


We look forward to updating rates specific to your cargo requirements and appreciate your continued patronage.