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12 August 2022, 10:48

Transport ministry: Belarusian Railways has enough rolling stock to meet forwarders' needs

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MINSK, 12 August (BelTA) – Belarusian Railways has enough rolling stock to meet the needs of Belarusian forwarders, BelTA learned from the Transport and Communications Ministry of Belarus.

The recent meeting of the Council of Ministers chaired by the head of state discussed the issues of transportation and product delivery to foreign buyers. An instruction was given to provide domestic enterprises with a sufficient number of containers, wagons and railway platforms, giving priority to exporters.

“Transportation of export commodities has been and remains the priority for Belarusian Railways. Export commodities account for 39% of products transported by rail,” the Transport and Communications Ministry informed.

Since February 2022, the ports in the Baltic countries have been unavailable for Belarus because of the sanctions. In addition, it is impossible to use the ports of Ukraine. In the current situation, Belarusian shippers redirected a significant part of their exports to East Asia, and also changed the logistics schemes. “In the new realities, Belarusian Railways, together with cargo owners and logistics companies from Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and China, developed a total of 40 new transport and logistics routes to deliver Belarusian products to more than 20 countries. These new routes use the rolling stock owned by Belarusian companies (including Belarusian Railways) and companies from other states. The amount of this rolling stock is sufficient to meet the needs of Belarusian consignors,” the ministry stressed.

In January-July 2022, there was an increase in the volume of traffic to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Russia (including Russian ports), Uzbekistan. The number of container trains from Belarus to China rose five times.

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