Launched on 15 January, a freight train from Ukraine to China with an alternative route of the Great silk route bypassing Russia through Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, organized in connection with the introduction of the Moscow transit embargo on Ukrainian exports, January 31, arrived at the Chinese border. About it is mentioned on the website of the Ministry of infrastructure of Ukraine.
«January 31 at 07:12 local time, the train was disbanded at the station Dostyk of Kazakhstan Railways. It is an end point of the train route via the new silk road, — the report says.
It is also reported that in the future, the goods will be shipped in a large industrial city of China — Guangzhou, Chongqing, Lianyungang.
In a press-service of the Ministry reported that in General, the length of the route was 15.5 days instead of the transport Ministry announced earlier 11-12 days due to delays in the Black sea ferry because of the storm, and also due to the idle train on the metro January in Kazakhstan because of the «inconsistency of action on the payment to the Kazakh side».
«Such changes in the schedule during the test flight is normal. Its purpose lies in the joint development of the route by train operators in each of the participating countries. Demoras helped to identify possible bottlenecks and to understand how to avoid them in the future. This will become the basis for improving logistics system after running trains on the new silk road on a regular basis», — explained the press service.
Currently the train is at the station Dostyk Kazakhstan Railways at the border with China, and the next step will be loading the goods for transportation in the opposite direction.
As reported, the solemn departure of a freight train from Ukraine to China via the silk road trading route bypassing Russia through Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan took place on January 15. All formalities between the countries-participants of the experiment were resolved within a few days, including the establishment of a competitive feed-in tariffs for cargo transportation on this route.
Minister of infrastructure Andriy Pivovarsky has previously noted that this route is on pricing to compete with Russian, however the size of the tariff and has not sounded.
Some media reported that the preliminary cost of freight 40-foot container FEU from Ukraine to the border with China (railway Dostyk node) can cost 5 thousand dollars.
At the same time, according to former Deputy Minister of infrastructure Alexander Kava, the cost of transporting one container at a new, alternative route to bypass Russia for twice the price of transport along the traditional overland route through the territory of the Russian Federation and is 7927$.
The head of the Ministry of agrarian policy and food of Ukraine Alexey Pavlenko also emphasized that the cost of delivery of Ukrainian goods to the countries of Central Asia by a new route bypassing Russia will cost more expensive than traditional transportation through the Russian Federation due to the fact that the path of alternative train — the Caspian and Black seas, which need to be overcome ferries.
This route was developed in the beginning of January this year in response to the actions of the Russian Federation, the ban on 4 January transit of Ukrainian goods through Russian territory in the framework of the General policy of protection of the Russian market, the Kremlin adopted in response to the entry into force of the Agreement on free trade zone between Ukraine and the EU. The FTA agreement entered into force on 1 January 2016.
People’s Republic of China welcomed the launch of Ukraine’s new train on the route of the silk road, bypassing Russia.
Launched in circumvention of the Russian train along the route of the Great silk road arrived at the Chinese border 01.02.2016