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ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (Kazakhstan Railways, KTZ), the national railways company, has put into operation a dry port in the Khorgos-East Gates free economic zone on the Kazakh-Chinese border.  

This huge cargo handling complex was officially launched by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev via a teleconference broadcasted from Astana late last week.

The cost of the project is 74 billion tenge. In the near future the dry port’s cargo handling capacity is expected to exceed 200,000 containers, KTZ said.   

The dry port opens huge prospects for transit of cargo through Kazakhstan.

“It is a long-awaited huge project implemented jointly with China by agreement between the heads of our two states. We pin big hopes on this port for increasing the trade turnover between our countries and connecting China to the Caspian Sea. Khorgos will be further developing as an inter-state center, and I think that a large Kazakh city will appear there in the near future,” President Nazarbayev said during the teleconference.   

The Khorgos-East Gates free economic zone together with Zhetygen-Khorgos and Zhezgazgan-Beineu railway lines, the Western Europe-Western China motor road corridor, and the port of Aktau on the Caspian coast represent a huge logistics and distribution center and provide for Kazakhstan’s further integration into international trade and transportation, KTZ said.     

During the same teleconference with the President, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy has also launched a rail and structural steel mill in the Aktobe province in western Kazakhstan. The cost of the project is 72 billion tenge. The design capacity of the mill is 200 tons of 120-meter rail and 230 tons of rolled steel a year.

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