The accumulation of thousands of cars and wagons at the border with China was recognized by the Kazakhstani authorities as a force majeure situation. This, of course, does not solve the problem of those entrepreneurs, whose cargo is stuck at the border, but it allows them to legally regulate the relationship with their partners and to bear less significant losses. This is reported by the Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan Atameken.
According to the Chamber, about 7,500 trucks and 8,400 rail cars from Kazakhstan are in line to enter China. This situation arose due to the strengthening of quarantine rules on the part of China and has lasted for several months.
“Atameken asked the government to hold talks between the heads of the governments of Kazakhstan and China to solve the problem of the downtime. Unfortunately, the situation remains the same. However, at a meeting with the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development in early December 2020, an agreement was reached to provide an official letter confirming the downtime of vehicles at the border. We received a letter from the Ministry. Systematically, the situation with the queue is not solved, we, as before, we ask the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the government to get involved in the issue, as the transport continues to stand at the Chinese border today, “- commented the deputy chairman of the Chamber Talgat Temirkanov.
The Chamber reminds that the problem, which has not been solved for months, caused the breakdown of delivery terms, failure to meet contractual obligations to partners, fines, spoilage of perishable goods, revision of export strategies of companies, and search of new markets.