The countries of Central Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will be linked by the global One Belt, One Road initiative. Kazakhstan will play the key role in the program, because of the more developed economy and infrastructure in the region, Khorgos transport and logistics hub at the border with China, the Western Europe – Western China highway and a sea port in Aktau. Lianyungang port in eastern China opens new opportunities. For instance, wheat produced in Kazakhstan arrives in Lianyungang to be shipped to Southeast Asia.    

DARKHAN YESSENGULOV, SPOKESPERSON, KAZAKH-CHINESE LOGISTICS COMPANY:

 - We chose Lianyungang, because it opens new markets for us. We deliver wheat produced in Kazakhstan to Vietnam. With this route, the shipping time for our goods is 18 days. 

LIU BIN, SPOKESPERSON, KAZAKH-CHINESE LOGISTICS TERMINAL:

 - We managed to establish the full logistics cycle, including purchasing, transportation and selling of goods in order to export the Kazakh goods to the countries of Southeast Asia. We are going to expand the range of our goods in the near future. We will sell corn, minerals, cotton and even lamb.

Since the beginning of the year, over 50 million tonnes of wheat were transported from Kazakhstan to Lianyungang. According to the port officials, the parties are currently holding negotiations on processing wheat in Lianyungang. It will give a new impetus for the further development of bilateral trade. Moreover, the port officials believe that the trade hub will promote cooperation with other countries as part of the One Belt, One Road initiative.   

DING RUI, CHAIRMAN, LIANYUNGANG PORT HOLDINGS GROUP:

 - We hope that in the future, Lianyungang port will become the largest hub for the export of goods from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Our cooperation with Kazakhstan is the starting point, but we are open for other countries as well. Uzbekistan is already actively joining these operations. About 40 per cent of all transportations of goods from the SCO member countries account for Uzbekistan.

According to experts, expansion of the transport and logistics network creates conditions for the region’s integration into the global network of international trade. In general, it will produce a positive effect on the transit potential’s development rate of the Central Asian countries.

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