Kazakhstan’s first container train arrives in Turkey along Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway

ASTANA (TCA) — The first container train, launched from Kokshetau station in Kazakhstan, has arrived in the Turkish city of Mersin along the new Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line, the press-office of Kazakhstan’s national railways company KTZ said.

The container train with grain, consisting of thirty 20-foot containers belonging to KTZ, crossed 5,435 kilometers in 10 days.

The train passed through ferry port Kuryk on the Kazakh Caspian Sea coast. At the same time, an overload was made from broad gauge wagons to narrow-gauge wagons on the new Georgian-Turkish border crossing Akhalalaki-Kars.

“Successful implementation of the project was made possible thanks to the well-coordinated work of all stakeholders: railway, port, maritime administrations, logistics companies — participants of the Trans-Caspian international transport route (TITR),” says Almat Karimov, director of container transportation department of JSC KTZ Express.

“The potential of the new route is estimated at 10 million tons of cargo per year. In the near future, the next consignment will be shipped,” Karimov said, adding that the launch of routes using multimodal solutions and own terminal infrastructure will allow Kazakhstan to increase the volumes of grain exportations to Turkey and other countries.

In the meantime, KTZ said it has increased operational cargo turnover from the beginning of the year by 10.3 percent.

Shipments of cargo increased to the railways of Russia (+12%), China (+18%), Kyrgyzstan (+10%), Uzbekistan (+10%), and Turkmenistan (+25%).

Since the beginning of the year, the volume of transit container shipments across Kazakhstan has increased: in the direction of China-Europe, the number of trains, as compared to the previous year, increased 1.6-fold and Europe-China twofold.

Sergey Kwan

TCA

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.
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Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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