Kazakh Aktau Seaport suspected of unjustified refusal of grain transportation
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 20 / Trend E. Kosolapova/
Methodological Council of the Kazakh Agency for Competition Protection has decided to conduct an investigation into the causes of violations of antitrust laws by state enterprise Aktau International Commercial Sea Port, the agency reported on Monday.
Aktau Seaport is suspected of unjustified refusal to sign an agreement with individual consumers on grain transportation.
The same investigation will be conducted on Ak biday terminal company - a subsidiary of Kazakh National Company Food Contract Corporation.
Kazakhstan is one of the world's largest grain exporters. In 2011 Kazakhstan collected almost 27 million tons of grain in net weight. This is a record grain harvest within the years of independence. Eight million tons of grain harvest will be used for domestic consumption. Export potential is estimated at 15 million tons.
Aktau port, located on the east coast of the Caspian Sea, is Kazakhstan's only port for international transportation of various dry cargo, crude oil and petroleum products. The port was established as a transport hub of several types of transport such as rail, road, water and pipeline. The Aktau port is a part of three international transport corridors - TRACECA, North-South and INOGATE.