Uzbekistan Interested To Join Trans-Caspian Transport Route
Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (Kazakh railways) and O’zbekiston temir yo’llari (Uzbek railways) discussed the possibility of Uzbek export and import through Kazakh ports of Aktau and Kuryk via Trans-Caspian international transport route, Kazakh railways company said in a message.
The meeting between the railways companies of two countries was held in the framework of the 16th meeting of the Joint intergovernmental Commission on bilateral cooperation in Tashkent on Feb. 22.
Within the meeting, the sides discussed issues of further cooperation in railway transport and reached an agreement on granting discounts on transportation of Kazak grain and flour and goods in 45 feet refrigerators, and transit of Uzbek fruits and vegetables and other agricultural products via the territory of Kazakhstan.
Moreover the subsidiary of Kazakh railways, KTZ–Freight transportation and O’zbekiston temir yo’llari signed an agreement on electronic exchange of data on goods imported into the territory of Kazakhstan.
In 2016 rail freight transportation between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan increased to 19 million tons.
The Trans-Caspian International Transport Route runs through China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and then through Turkey and Ukraine to Europe.
The first test container train from China arrived at the Baku International Sea Trade Port on Aug. 3, 2015.
The agreement to create the Trans-Caspian International Transportation Consortium was signed in April in Baku by the railway authorities of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Kazakhstan. New competitive tariffs were introduced for the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route since June 1, 2016.