The South Korean government is encouraging its businessmen to ship goods to Europe through the territory of Kazakhstan. The authorities are ready to provide special discounts and benefits to exporters and logistics companies as part of the stimulating measures. This was announced by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of South Korea during the workshop. The forum brought together representatives of over 100 companies including not only the shippers but also producers. Their goal is to export South Korean products to Europe by the safest and fast routes.

 

ZHU HYUN JEONG, HEAD OF LOGISTICS POLICY DEPARTMENT, MINISTRY OF LAND, INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT OF SOUTH KOREA:

Our country is currently implementing the plan of President Park Geun-hye, which is called the Eurasian Initiative. The essence of the policy is the development and use of the Eurasia Logistics network. Therefore, we are creating all the necessary conditions for the implementation of this idea. We consider the railways as an alternative to sea routes. We are currently receiving applications from South Korean companies that want to ship goods through Kazakhstan. We will provide a 50% discount on consulting services to all these companies.

 

Over 97% of goods from South Korea are sent via sea routes. Now exporters have the opportunity to use the multi-modal transportation, when goods are delivered by different modes of transport. Kazakhstan’s railway company is ready to provide these services to local businessmen. According to experts, this kind of transportation is the most profitable for shippers today.

 

ALIYA AKHMETOVA, DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT OF INTEGRATED AND FOREIGN POLICY, JSC NC ‘KAZAKHSTAN TEMIR ZHOLY’:

Kazakhstan’s transit potential is nearly 1.6 million containers per year today. The route through the territory of Kazakhstan is three days faster on average with a relatively equal value on alternative routes. "Kazakhstan Temir Zholy" takes all the necessary measures to improve the quality of services, to create competitive tariff conditions and reduce administrative barriers including the customs clearance of goods.

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