The PKP Cargo company’s board chairperson Dariusz Seliga has said that Russia is blocking the transportation of coal from Kazakhstan to Poland by rail in collusion with Belarus.
The CFTS portal reported this, citing the Rail Insider publication.
"Everyone has heard about coal from Kazakhstan, but no one has seen it. It is unofficially known that some Kazakh coal goes to Poland, but Russia, by agreement with Belarus, allows its transportation only on the condition that a German terminus, for example, is stated in the transport documentation. It is being reported that many coal trains from Kazakhstan that are supposed to head for Poland are on the Belarusian side. The Kazakhs are trying with all their might to overcome these barriers," he said.
According to Seliga, transportation of coal is currently a priority for the company.
"The coming months will be very difficult. We do not know what the war will bring, what the weather will be like. But we will focus all our operations on ensuring that the Polish people have coal," he said.
He added that PKP Cargo currently transports very large quantities of coal from Polish ports. "The volume of transportation of coal, other bulk cargoes, and containers is so large that trains sometimes pile up and queues form at the entrance to or exit from ports. But such cases are not frequent. The railway infrastructure has its limitations," he said.
In addition, the company transports cargoes through the ports of other European partner countries.