Kazakhstan not to fulfill grain export plan by rail

Business Materials 21 December 2011 17:46 (UTC +04:00)

Kazakhstan, Astana, Dec 21 /Trend K.Konirova/

Kazakhstan cannot execute its plan to export grain by rail in December due to a lack of wagons, the Agriculture Ministry said on Wednesday.

"It has been requested to ship 1.1 million tons of grain until the end of December. However, 480.9 thousand tons of grain were shipped for export on December 20. It is 43.7 percent of the total amount of grain that by the protocol of the shipment meeting," the statement said.

The decision on the need to maximize the pace of grain shipment was made at the conference of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Kazakhstan on Dec 21

In this connection, measures will be enhanced to ensure the smooth operation of grain-enterprises in order to avoid demurrage, increase accountability of heads of organizations and services for the timely preparation of supporting documents.

The ministry noted that, about 3.9 million tons of grain, including 2.2 million tons for export and 1.7 million tons in the republic was shipped only for the period from September 1 to December 20.

Kazakhstan has collected a record harvest of grain during the independence, 26 million tons of grain in net weight 2001. Export potential is 15 million tons.