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!