Strategic cooperation between the Azerbaijani and Kazakh railways was discussed
A meeting was held at the Azerbaijan Railways CJSC with Nurlan Sauranbayev, Chairman of the Board of Kazakhstan Railways National Company. Chairman of Azerbaijan Railways Javid Gurbanov spoke about the transport and logistics capabilities of Azerbaijan and the importance of relations between the railway agencies of both countries. Noting the active role of our country in the development of international transport corridors, the Cairman said that strengthening these routes would increase the transit potential of the participating countries. During the meeting, the results of joint activities in the field of cargo transportation, as well as steps to be taken towards long-term prospects of the partnership were discussed. The parties noted the positive dynamics of the volume in the segment of transit cargo transportation through the railways of Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.
Cargo transportation through the territory of Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan is carried out mainly from China and Kazakhstan, Georgia, Turkey, Europe and vice versa. During the first 4 months of 2021, transit container traffic through the territory of Azerbaijan increased by 49 percent compared to the same period in 2020. The increase is mainly due to China’s import and export operations, which increased 2.8 times compared to the same period last year and reached 4,300 TEU (20-foot equivalent).
The feeder line on the route Aktau Port – Baku Port (Alat) – Baku Port, commissioned in 2019, is actively developing. In January-April 2021, more than 5,000 TEUs were transported, which is 11% more than in the same period of 2020.
In order to increase the volume of multimodal cargo transportation along the Trans-Caspian international transport route, the issues of digitization of document circulation were also touched upon during the discussion.
Nurlan Sauranbayev, Chairman of the Board of Kazakhstan Railways JSC, highly appreciated the cooperation with Azerbaijan Railways in the framework of international transport projects. He noted the demand for the International Trans-Caspian Transport Route, as well as the efficiency of transportation along this route.
Speaking about the prospects for further joint activities, the participants emphasized the importance to adopt the route development strategy until 2025 in order to fully realize the potential of the International Trans-Caspian Transport Route. At the meeting, it was decided to digitize the document flow along the route to increase the volume of cargo.
The parties discussed issues of expanding cooperation between the two countries within the international corridor connecting Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Georgia, Turkey and European countries.