Container Trains On The Route China-Iran Through The Territory Of Kazakhstan Will Run From June

Kazakhstan Bets Big On China's Silk Road

Another container train on the route China-Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran will be launched in early June, Press-office of JSC NC “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy” reported.

This decision was made following the meeting of representatives of the railway administrations of Kazakhstan, Iran, the Ministry of Railway Transport of Turkmenistan, and the Coordination Center for International Container Trains of the China Transport and Communications Association.

The meeting discussed the organization of launching a container train, agreed favorable mutually beneficial tariff conditions.

“The agreements will facilitate the increase of transit traffic on the territory of our country,” said Sanzhar Elyubayev, Vice president for logistics of JSC NC “KTZ”.

In June this year the container train will start to run from China to Iran and third countries through the territories of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. The length of the route will be more than 10 300 km; the train will overcome this distance in less than 14 days.

“This route will be attractive; the advantage of it is that transportation of cargo will be carried out in a shorter period than by sea transport, which takes 40 days. It will also be profitable for shippers at tariff rates, “said Ebrahim Mohammadi, Vice President for Operation and Movement of Iranian Railways.

With this route work in the railway communication system of all countries will be activated, and container trains will be re-loaded.

It is assumed that container trains to the end of the year from China to IRI will be sent on a regular basis.

At the end of the meeting was signed a joint protocol.

The participants also visited the infrastructure facilities of the FEZ “Khorgos – Eastern Gateway” and the border station Altynkol, where they got acquainted with the possibilities of the Kazakhstan transport and logistics hub on the border with the People’s Republic of China.