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Kazakhstan bans receiving gondola cars from other countries

Transport Materials 16 June 2020 18:13 (UTC +04:00)

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jun. 16

By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:

Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ, Kazakhstan Railways) is introducing a temporary ban on the reception of empty own and rented gondola cars of foreign railway administrations, except for those belonging to the Russian owners, Trend reports with reference to the KTZ.

The prohibition was introduced starting from Jun. 15, 2020. Gondola cars will not be received from stations of the CIS countries, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Georgia. The exceptions are container trains and fitting platforms.

“The main reason for this decision is the infrastructural limitations of the main railway network capacity due to a significant increase in the number of empty open wagons unclaimed for loading. Currently, many stations are occupied by empty wagons. This situation led to difficulties with passenger and freight trains passing after resumption of passenger traffic,” the report said.

KTZ also expressed hope that the situation will be stabilized and restrictions will be lifted in the nearest future.

The internal railways transport was resumed in Kazakhstan on Jun. 1, 2020. The tickets sale was resumed on May 15, 2020.

The resuming of railway transport operations took place within the framework of new measures for economy restoration as the emergency state regime was lifted in Kazakhstan.

On March 15, 2020, Kazakh president signed a decree introducing an emergency state in the country due to the coronavirus outbreak, which came in force on March 16 and was to last till April 15, 2020.

Later, by a decree of Kazakhstan's president, the emergency state period in Kazakhstan was extended till May 1, 2020, and then till May 11, 2020.

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