Asia (bbabo.net), - In January-October of this year, rail freight transportation between Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan amounted to 950,000 tons. 96 percent of these cargoes fell on the share of transit traffic. This was reported today, November 30, by the Trend news agency with reference to the subsidiary of Azerbaijan Railways CJSC (AR) - ADY Express.
“Modern geopolitical realities lead to a change in the logistics map in the Eurasian space and a change in the direction of cargo flows. The countries of Central Asia have already begun to use the transit opportunities offered by Azerbaijan to ensure access to world markets. Large cargo owners and logistics companies from these countries are increasingly choosing Azerbaijan as a transit route,” the subsidiary of Azerbaijan Railways said.
Cargo transportation in the direction of Kazakhstan increased by almost eight times - from 125,000 tons to 950,000, the company noted.
“It can be predicted that by the end of this figure will grow by 9-10 times,” they added.
Cargo from Kazakhstan to Azerbaijan is transported along two routes: through the Caspian Sea and the Samur-Yalama border crossing on the Russian-Azerbaijani border.
Speaking at the plenary session of the 2nd Caspian Economic Forum in Moscow on October 6, Azerbaijani Prime Minister Ali Asadov said that through the East-West and North-South corridors, an annual increase in cargo transportation through the territory of the largest Transcaucasian republic is observed. For 8 months of 2022, transit cargo transportation through Azerbaijan along the East-West corridor increased by 20%, along the North-South route - by 33%. Asadov then called the Baku International Sea Trade Port the key link in these corridors, through which an annual increase in the volume of cargo transportation is observed.
As bbabo.net reported, one of the cross-border corridors for the delivery of goods from China to Europe using the territory of Azerbaijan is currently being actively considered the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR). Against the backdrop of the ongoing geopolitical crisis around Ukraine and the unprecedented severity of Western sanctions against Moscow, the demand for European countries, Russia's "bypassers", has increased dramatically.