Transit cargo volume through Kazakhstan on the rise

ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan’s Government meeting on June 27 considered the issues of development of transit, logistics and roadside services in the country, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

According to the Ministry of Investment and Development, in 2016 the share of the transport sector in the country’s GDP was about 7.8%. The transit of goods was mainly conducted by road and rail transport.

The Government is taking measures to increase the volume of container transportations, including on the promising direction of China-EU-China. In 2016, 245 thousand containers were transported by transit across the territory of Kazakhstan, which is 35.3 thousand more than in 2015, or 14%. For the first five months of this year, the volume of rail container traffic amounted to 119 thousand TEU, which is 34% more than in the same period in 2016.

In the field of motor road transport, growth was due to the launch of the transit corridor Western Europe – Western China. In 2016, 1.4 million tons of cargo was transported, which is by 11.6% more than in 2015. Over the first five months of this year, more than one million tons of cargo was transported, which is twice as much as in the same period in 2016. Most cargoes were transited from China (55.3%) and Uzbekistan (26.2%) to the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union.

With the aim of developing the capacity of air transportations by the end of this year, it is planned to transport 600 thousand transit passengers, and by 2020 to raise this figure to 1.6 million people per year.

First Deputy Prime Minister Askar Mamin commented on the issue of expanding transit container transportations from China through Kazakhstan: “By 2020, up to 80% of the transit flow will account for transit container transportation by land transport through the territory of Kazakhstan. This is a good dynamics.”

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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