Kazakhstan sends millionth ton of cargo across Caspian from Kuryk port

ASTANA (TCA) — On October 19, the first million tons of cargo was sent to the Azerbaijani port of Baku from Kazakhstan’s port of Kuryk on the Caspian coast, said the press office of Kazakh national railway company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ), which has constructed the Kuryk seaport.

This important event marks the successful implementation of the instructions of Kazakhstan’s President to expand the presence of Kazakhstan in the Caspian Sea, and develop the transport and logistics potential of the country.

Kuryk port is an important part of the Trans-Caspian international transport route, which provides for the operational processing of railway cars on the ferry. The cargo from Kuryk port is sent through Azerbaijan and Georgia to Europe.

At present, Kazakh grain, coal, oil products, fertilizers, chemicals, as well as transit cargo coming from China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, are exported via the Kuryk ferry complex. From the beginning of operation to the present day, the volume of transshipment has reached one million tons of cargo.

The port began its operation in December 2016.

The time of the ferry travel from Baku to Kuryk is 18 hours, while the travel time to another Kazakh port, Aktau, is 22 hours.

The operation of the two railway berths at Kuryk will allow servicing five ferries a day, handling 4 million tons of cargo per year. The port’s capacity will be increased in the future.

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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