Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia Agree On Cargo Transit Terms

Kazakhstan, China exchange vehicle traffic permission documents

Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Georgia, the three countries through which runs the Trans-Caspian Transport Route, have agreed conditions of the goods transit by rail and ferries in Alat-Aktau-Alat and Alat- Kuryk-Alat directions.

The issue was mulled in Aktau on February 27-28 at a meeting of representatives of Kazakhstan Railways, Georgian Railways, Azerbaijani Railways, Aktau International Sea Commercial Port , Baku International Sea Trade Port and Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company.

The meeting participants discussed the relationship and responsibilities of the parties in the implementation of transportation, obstacles that may arise while providing transportation, and ways to overcome them.

The two-day meeting ended with the signing of a protocol. The document reflects the responsibilities of the parties, form of information exchange and important issues related to its provision.

The parties obliged themselves to inform customers weather transported goods conforms specifications of cars and ships engaged in international transport of the Trans-Caspian transport route.

The document also envisages conformation of transported goods to the specifications of vessels belonging to Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company.

The Trans-Caspian international transport route, which is designed to provide transport connections between the East and West of Eurasia, runs through China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and then to Europe via Turkey and Ukraine. The route was launched with the establishment of its Coordinating Committee in October 2013. The first test container train from China arrived at the Baku International Sea Trade Port on August 3, 2015.

In January, 2016, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Ukraine decided to apply the competitive feed-in tariffs for cargo transportation via the TITR. Single competitive rate was introduced in the framework of the route starting from June 1, 2016 with the view to reduce the costs of international cargo transportation.

About 300,000-400,000 containers are expected to be transported via the Trans-Caspian international transport route by 2020, bringing huge financial profits to Azerbaijan. Growing interest in the transport infrastructures passing through Azerbaijan’s territory is expected to make the country a major transport hub in the region.