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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Train Bottleneck Stops Shipments

Russian Railways, the country's rail monopoly, said 160 trains carrying commodities were backed up outside ports, mainly in the Far East, as exporters and port authorities are locked in disputes.

Shippers, traders and stevedores are in disagreement with each other and there is insufficient infrastructure at the ports, Moscow-based RZD said in a statement Thursday, without saying what the disagreements are about.

In November last year, 200 trains were backed up and the company lost 700 million rubles ($24.2 million), the statement said.

The trains are carrying coal, metal, wood, wheat and oil products and are stuck in the Far East and North Caucasus, RZD said. The problem has worsened since Dec. 16 because of bad weather.

The rail monopoly, which operates the world's biggest rail network outside the United States with track spanning 11 time zones, is upgrading rolling stock and laying new lines as usage grows.