Delays in Alashankou and Dostyk Remain

As our partner TCR reports, the delays at the crossing of Alashankou and Dostyk continue due to the large volumes of containers coming in from Qingdao and Lianyungang.  There are currently 4,600 TEU in Qingdao and 10,546 TEU in Lianyungang. Reloading between Alashankou and Dostyk is still 200 wagons per day and barging from Huangdao to Qingdao is still very slow, because slow dispatching from Qingdao does not allow the station to free up space to accept barges with more containers from Huangdao.

Qingdao Railway Bureau is planning to resume with dispatches of 2 block trains every 3 days. In case this will go through and China Railways will not issue more restriction orders and we may see some movement from Qingdao in the coming days and weeks.

We expect container to be shipped out as following:

Arrival to Huangdao before September 2011 => dispatch by rail before December 31st, 2011

Arrival to Huangdao in October, 2011 – November, 2011 => dispatch by rail in January, 2012

Arrival to Huangdao after December 1st, 2011 => dispatch by rail after February 1st, 2012

We shall keep you informed in case of new developments!