Kazakhstan and China provinces cooperate in rail container transportation

ASTANA (TCA) — Kanat Alpysbaev, the head of Kazakhstan’s national railways company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ), has held a series of meetings in Shanghai with representatives of logistic platforms in the Chinese provinces of Zhejiang (Yiwu), Hunan (Changsha), Jiangsu (Lianyungang), Shaanxi (Xian), Sichuan (Chengdu), Henan (Zhengzhou ) and Chongqing, as well as one of the largest global container operators — COSCO Shipping Lines, to discuss future cooperation on a number of projects, KTZ’s press office reported.

During the meetings, plans for further cooperation and agreements to increase the volume of container shipments from China to Europe, Central Asia, Turkey and the Persian Gulf countries were discussed.

The agreement was reached on operating the subsidiary company of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy — KTZ Express — by the COSCO Shipping Lines container fleet on the territory of Kazakhstan and Central Asian countries, as well as in the direction of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route.

“We are open for the development of cooperation and are ready to increase the volume of transportation through Kazakhstan in terms of the border and related infrastructure,” said the head of Kazakhstan’s delegation Alpysbayev.

Earlier Kazakhstan Temir Zholy concluded bilateral negotiations with the Chinese railways and reached a number of agreements on future cooperation.

Kazakhstan acts as a key transit route for railway cargo transportation between China, Russia, and Europe.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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