Record number of freight trains cross Kazakhstan-China border

NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — At the end of October, 17 trains were exchanged on average per day, which is a record in the history of the border crossing between Kazakhstan and China at Dostyk and Alashankou rail stations, said the press service of KTZ-Freight transportation JSC, a subdivision of Kazakhstan’s national railways company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ).

This was the result of measures taken by the railway administrations of the two countries to increase the volume of traffic through this crossing.

In September this year, at the 28th meeting of the commissions of the border railways of Kazakhstan and China, an agreement was reached on the reception and transfer of 14 trains per day on average on the broad gauge Dostyk station, and at least 15 trains in the fourth quarter of this year.

During the first ten months of this year, the volume of cargo transportation by rail between the two countries amounted to 14.2 million tons, which is 13.4% higher than the plan and 23.8% more than in the same period last year.

In 2019, thanks to the strengthened joint work of specialists from both sides, the volume of traffic can reach 16.5 million tons, which exceeds the agreed plan by 1.5 million tons and the indicators of 2018 by 2.5 million tons.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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