Cargo volumes are increasing at Astara terminal
The active activities of our country in the “North-South International Transport Corridor” project, along with the development of relations between Azerbaijan, Russia and Iran, contribute to the expansion of cooperation between Azerbaijan and other member states of the corridor. This contributes to strengthening the image of our country as a reliable partner in the transport and logistics sector.
Within the framework of the project, “Azerbaijan Railways” CJSC, located near the Azerbaijani-Iranian border and on the territory of a neighboring state, the construction of the Astara cargo terminal continues. Despite this, starting in 2018, along with construction work, loading operations are carried out in the terminal. As a result of the increase in cargo traffic volumes in the North-South International Transport Corridor, there is an increase in cargo traffic volumes exceeding the Astara cargo terminal in 2019, which is operated by “ADY Express”, a subsidiary of “Azerbaijan Railways” CJSC.
Thus, in 2019, 363 842 tons of cargo was carried at the Astara terminal. This means a 33% increase in the volume of overloads. In 2018, the figure amounted to 263 976 tons. The cargo transported from Azerbaijan as transit is the cargo transported from Russia to Iran and in the opposite direction. Among them are mainly wooden and wooden products (48% of the total volume of transshipment cargo), cereals (17%), construction materials (18%), fruits, vegetables, containers and other goods (17%). As for the volume of overfilled cargo during the day in 2019, the terminal carried an average of 23 cars or 1,373 tons of cargo, which in 2018 amounted to 16 cars or 1,056 tons of cargo, respectively. It should also be noted that in November 2019, the maximum load exceeded 40 472 tons, which is a record indicator of the volume of cargo carried over 1 month.
It should be remembered that the construction of the Astara terminal within the “North-South” International Transport Corridor started in 2016, and the first phase of construction was completed in March 2018. Cargo transportation operations are carried out at the terminal since February 2018.