Tallinn port authorities consider using Kazakhstan’s rail link to Lianyungang

Port of Tallinn

The Tallinn port authorities are looking at the idea of shipping merchandise to the Chinese seaport of Lianyungang via Kazakhstan, its CEO Ain Kaljurand told the Spanish news agency EFE this week. The new route  had become “feasible” now that  Kazakhstan’s national railway company Temir Zholy had decided to build a terminal in the Yellow Sea port, he said. The port of Tallinn was operating way below capacity, he pointed out. “Last December the volume  of coal from Kazakhstan passing Tallinn was 40,000 to 50,000 tons,” he said, “while seven years ago it was five times as much. [Back then] we were handling 1.5 million tons of grain each year  but today that figure is down to zero.