The delegation of JSC NC KTZ, headed by the Chairman of the Management Board of the Company Sauat Mynbayev, took part in the ceremony of receiving the Xi'an-Ankara-Prague train on November 6, 2019 in Ankara (Turkey).
In general, the ceremony was attended by representatives of the Governments of Turkey, China, Azerbaijan, as well as foreign railway and transport companies.
Sauat Mynbayev in his speech noted the importance of this truly historic event.
- The launch of the Xian-Ankara-Prague train proves the demand for the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route in the logistics market, as well as the prospect of developing this corridor in European directions. The fact that, for the first time, a container train crosses the Marmaray underwater railway tunnel under the Bosphorus Strait, makes it historical”, S. Mynbaev noted.
Thus, Kazakhstan and Turkey together with Azerbaijan and Georgia created a multimodal Trans-Caspian bridge, providing the shortest exit of cargo flows from China, Central Asia, the Siberian region of Russia to Turkey and the Mediterranean.
These countries, located between the main world markets, have historically been the hub connecting Asia and Europe, and act as a global bridge.
During the ceremony, it was noted that Kazakhstan will continue to conduct systematic work with major players in the logistics business, shippers and consignees to increase volumes and improve the quality of container service with strict adherence to transportation terms.
In addition, the service provided the exporters of Kazakhstan with the opportunity to use this route to deliver their products to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, as well as to the ports of the Black and Mediterranean Seas.
At the same time, the positive results of the coordinated work of the countries participating in the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route were noted. Due to this, including, three times reduced tariffs on the territory of Kazakhstan for the TITR route from Europe, Turkey, the countries of the Caucasus to China.
Recall that the new service is the implementation of the agreements reached between JSC NC “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy” and the People’s Government of Shanxi Province in the framework of the “One Belt - One Road” initiative. A distance of 8500 kilometers, the train, consisting of 42 forty-foot containers with electronics, will overcome in 20 days, combining the territories of ten countries along the route. A train followed the territory of Kazakhstan for 72 hours and was dispatched from the port of Aktau on a feeder vessel through the Caspian Sea along the TITR route.
Press Service of JSC “NC “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy”