Kazakhstan, already in the winter prohibiting the entry into its railway network of foreign cars, newly introduces such a restriction. June 15, Kazakhstan will not be able to enter the Russian empty gondola cars, which because of the low rates today to win the competition for supplies from local operators. Formally, Nur-Sultan introduces a ban because of the congestion of the infrastructure, but experts and Kommersant’s sources, the reasons for the ban are purely commercial.From 15 June Kazakhstan introduces a ban on entry into its network all empty private and rented wagons of all third-party railway administrations, including the Russian Federation. “B” has seen a corresponding telegram to the Chairman of the Directorate of the Council for rail transport of the States—participants of the Commonwealth (the body coordinating the work of the railway administrations of the countries with “Russian” gauge) Viktor Popov on June 11, and an appeal to the Council acting first Deputy Chairman of “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy” (KTZ “Kazakhstan Railways”) of Kanat Almagambetov.In his letter Mr. Almagambetov explain the reasons for the ban. This infrastructure constraints of network bandwidth, a significant increase in the number of empty cars, no demand for collection, the daily presence of more than 240 temporarily set aside from the trains, and the summer maintenance of the permanent way.However, a source familiar with the results of the internal analysis of KTZ, explains the prohibition to other considerations. He speaks of a large gathering of “foreign” cars on the KTZ network. According to him, estimated at KTZ, due to the transfer of cars from the network of Russian Railways on the Kazakhstan network loading third-party railway administrations in 2020 will increase by 30%. The analysis refers to the dumping of the Russian Federation: the rental price of the Russian cars of 4.64 thousand tenge per wagon per day, Park of “Kaztemirtrans” (KTT, 100% owned by KTZ) — 8,5 thousand tenge. (800 RUB. thousand RUB. and 1.47, respectively). The ban, he says, will ensure control of the price policy on the Kazakhstan network, while also reducing the growing unclaimed Park of KTT. According to the rating Argus, in June the cost of gondola cars in Kazakhstan decreased to $15-18 per day from $17-20 may, or 10-12%.Says Deputy Executive Director of the Association of mining and metallurgical enterprises (AGMP) Maxim Kononov, services of Russian operators of Kazakhstan cost to shippers is considerably cheaper than similar services of KTT.”Exporters of coal, for example, this allows you to save about $2.5 per ton for carriage to ports in the Baltic and the Black sea”,— he said. According to the Association, exporters of Kazakhstani coal from the beginning of the year repeatedly asked KTZ and KTT to reduce stavk�� gondola, but KTT continues to count them “on the basis of already not the market rate of renting at 8.3–8.5 thousand tenge per day (excluding VAT)”. Unclaimed Park KTT, in turn, increases each month — according to the Association, on the 8th of June he makes about 5,4 thousand gondolas, and lost income KTT have a negative impact on the consolidated financial statements of KTZ as a whole. According to Mr Kononov, the ban was imposed to protect the income of KTT.The previous Convention’s restrictions on so-called “foreign” cars Kazakhstan entered the New year, 5 January, the Russian railcars stopped on the network. However, since January 20, Kazakhstan businesses interested in the Russian empty, has made the abolition of restrictions on the gondola, and on February 20, lifted the ban for other types of Park. Even then, asking for the lifting of the ban, the Association of operators of railway rolling stock warned that there is a risk of retaliatory measures from the Russian Railways, the number of veganoutreach from stations in the Park which is assigned to KTZ, the year is about 1 million In the Railways and operator companies reviews “b” is not given in KTZ is not promptly responded to the request.Although formally railcar market common, Kazakhstan systematically restricts competition from Russian operators, the head of Infoline-Analytics Mikhail Burmistrov. Now the network of OAO RZD there is a significant surplus of Park, it’s more typical of gondola cars in more marginal export routes is replaced by a Park with increased axial load and gets to the spot where they are due to the lower rates of fighting for the cargo base of Kazakhstan, says Mr. Burmistrov. According to him, Kazakhstan introduced restrictions can act for a long time: there are no signals that the cargo base will increase, and Kazakhstan operators find it difficult to compete with Russia, including because of the high level of debt load.Natalia Skorlygina; Alexander Konstantinov, Nur-Sultan
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