Kazakhstan lowers price of rail, discounts up to 93%

Image: Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ)

The cost of rail in Kazakhstan will be significantly reduced. Track access charges on most sidings have been decreased by as much as 93 per cent. This was announced by the official information source of the Kazakh Prime Minister.

On 21 January 2022, the president of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, instructed to ‘restore order’ on the railway sidings in the country. More specifically, he instructed to reduce the tariffs of 21 service providers in a number of regions. This goes into effect today, 1 February.

Which regions?

The regions where the reductions apply are Nur-Sultan, Almaty, Kyzylorda, West Kazakhstan, Kostanay, Almaty, Pavlodar, Akmola, Karaganda , East Kazakhstan, Aktobe and North Kazakhstan regions.

In addition, tariffs have been reduced by 93 per cent (from 1,741.53 tenge/car*km to 118.07 tenge/car*km) by ARMAN KALA LTD LLP, which provides siding services in the Pavlodar region.

According to the Prime Minister, this measure will have a positive impact on the cost of transporting thermal coal from Bogatyr Komir LLP, which is the main fuel supplier for energy-producing organisations in Kazakhstan.

Transport services become cheaper

In order to provide fair pricing, the tariffs of the Transport Service Center, the largest balance holder of sidings located at key railway facilities in the country, will also be reduced (from 2,117.98 tenge/car*km to 164.29 tenge/car*km).

These new tariffs come into effect from 1 March, 2022 and will have a positive effect on transport costs and the final cost of goods, including food, according to the official source.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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