Kazakhstan, Japan to cooperate in rail transportation from Asia to Europe

ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan’s national railways company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ), its subsidiary KTZ Express, and Japan’s Nippon Express Co., Ltd have signed memorandums of cooperation for the organization of container transportation between countries of the Eurasian continent through the territory of Kazakhstan.

Vice President for Development of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, Arman Sultanov, on August 15 in Astana held talks with the chairman of the board of the international transport and logistics company Nippon Express Co., Ltd., Sugiyama Tatsuo, KTZ’s press office said.

Sultanov informed the Japanese partners about the transport and logistics opportunities of Kazakhstan, as well as about one of the key points of consolidation of cargo from the countries of South-East Asia — the Chinese port of Lianyungang.

According to the company’s Vice-President, a full range of services for the transportation of goods in organized container trains are provided on the territory of Kazakhstan in the shortest possible time.

“We can produce transshipment, processing and handling of goods at the dry port of the SEZ Khorgos – Eastern Gates (on the Kazakh-Chinese border), which significantly reduces the time of border operations and increases the speed of container trains,” Sultanov said.

The parties noted the need for cooperation with the aim of attracting additional volumes of goods transported in containers from China, Japan, and South Korea to the countries of Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus through the territory of Kazakhstan.

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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