CASCA+ Transport Corridor Freight Transit

photo: Uzbekistan Ministry of Transport

Representatives of the railway administrations of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey convened in Tashkent on May 28 and 29 to discuss the development of freight transportation along the CASCA+ transport corridor.

CASCA+ is a joint initiative of the state railways of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. The “+” sign indicates a willingness to accept new potential participants in achieving the goal to connect transport routes to Southeast Asia, particularly China, with Europe.

As reported by Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Transport, the agenda focused on projects to develop the CASCA+ transport corridor, with representatives of all railway administrations supporting the Uzbekistan Railways’ initiative to create a consortium to coordinate related activities.

Proposals were also forwarded to establish the safe transportation of perishable goods such as fruit and vegetables in refrigerated containers along the CASCA+ corridor and to create an online monitoring system for the location of wagons and containers travelling along the route.

The emphasis on refrigerated transportation  aligns with recommendations made in March by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev at a government meeting on increasing Uzbek agricultural exports.