Please be advised of a situation on the Chinese – Russian border. Our Chinese agents have informed us that the entire Chinese Railway is affected, due to a conflict between Langzhou Railway Bureau and Wulumuqi Railway Bureau regarding railcar distribution . China Railways also issued a dispatch control order from Sep 1st-11th, which affected dispatches at Qingdao and Lianyungang.
Currently, Qingdao port is storing approximately 1000 FEU and it will take 3 weeks to dispatch them. At the same time, Lianyungang is storing 2,500 FEU and it will take more than one month to dispatch them. It is unlikely that last year’s congestion will repeat itself – the recent jam in Alashankou is a minor one and the current cargo volume in ports is much lower than last year.
Qingdao Railway Bureau is doing their best to resolve this issue, and plans to dispatch more rail cars in the last week of September to take the advantage of the 8 day public holiday in China (Sep 30 – Oct 7).
Please contact RCL if you have any questions about this issue.