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Korsakov Port is ready to issue hundreds of containers to Sakhalin businessmen
More than two thousand containers that arrived in Korsakov from Vladivostok managed to unload in less than a week. Now in the Sakhalin port there are less than a thousand 20-foot containers.
It was possible to free the territory from cargo thanks to the help of the regional government. The governor of the island region, Valery Limarenko, previously instructed officials to mobilize all possibilities to solve the problem of receiving cargo from the port of Vladivostok. They even organized a special online resource for entrepreneurs to track up-to-date data on container deliveries to Sakhalin. But representatives of SMEs were still worried about their goods: for many, delays in delivery almost turned into serious problems.
From November 1, ships with detained containers began to come to Sakhalin. Since that date, the port of Korsakov has been working around the clock to handle incoming cargo, but the seaport's capacity is limited, and given the fast approach of new ships, this has become critical. Since the beginning of the month, over 5 containers have been dispatched from Primorye to Sakhalin, including those with essential goods. Almost all cargo arrived at the Korsakov Sea Trade Port, but very soon the free space in the warehouses simply ran out: most of the entrepreneurs did not pick up their shipments on time. Officials had to intervene in the situation - the port could not accept new ships with the next batch of containers.
“We held a number of meetings to work out a common solution, to find a compromise. The problem was that the cargo owners were not ready to accept it. Some have their warehouses full, others have planned a trip in a few days. As a result, the Korsakov port became just a storage site. The situation was complicated by the fact that the forwarders did not tell us who owned the goods - in almost all cases, according to the documents, the recipients indicated the logistics companies that are obliged to deliver the goods to the specified address upon request. Forwarders cannot disclose this information, referring to contractual relations with customers, to trade secrets. And the goods are not picked up on time. As a result, the situation became more complicated, and we had to intervene in a targeted manner, we also picked up reserve areas, and formed other transshipment methods for the accelerated release of berths, "Maxim Zhogolev, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Sakhalin Region, told EastRussia.
The participation of the Ministry of Transport helped: today the situation in the port of Korsakov is improving. Customers gradually dismantle and remove the cargo, making room for newly arrived containers. However, the optimal situation is still far away, the leadership of the sea harbor is confident.
“This weekend we continued unloading. Now in the port of Korsakov there are 974 "teus" (TEU is a unit of measure for volume equal to the dimensions of a standard 20-foot container. - Ed.), And 2 empty ones. The situation is improving, meetings with the government and their intervention helped. But it's too early to relax: we have a New Year on the way and the volume of cargo in early December will grow again. In addition, we are very dependent on the weather - in the coming days there will be a cyclone again, sea crossings may be closed again. Therefore, we ask entrepreneurs who have not yet picked up their cargoes to do it as soon as possible so that a new collapse does not happen, ”explained Vadim Surzhenko, director of the Korsakov Sea Trade Port.
In the meantime, the situation with the delivery of goods by sea may worsen - on December 1 and 2, the island region will again be at the mercy of a cyclone, and on the way to the region there is now a large volume of goods on the eve of the New Year, primarily food and consumer goods. In addition, as noted in the Ministry of Transport, a surge is expected, and some of the stored containers may be in the zone of its impact.