Kazakhstan’s transport and logistics potential is growing. Kuryk port in Mangistau region gives powerful impetus for development and expanding export opportunities. About 500,000 tons of oil cargo is planned to be sent to Baku from this port by the end of the year. Over 450,000 tons of gas oil will be exported through the port. Then the cargo will go through Azerbaijan and Georgia along the Trans-Caspian route. The reversed transportation of cargo might also be possible, for example, raw sugar deliveries through "Kuryk" to Uzbekistan.

 

Kazakhstan’s port is located on Trans-Caspian international transport route. The agreement on the creation of a large transit route was signed by Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Georgia. The Trans-Caspian route runs through China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and further across Turkey and Ukraine to Europe. Transportation via this route saves time. The cargo from the port Kuryk reaches the Baku International Sea Trade Port in Alat in 18 hours. Previously, ferry services from Kazakhstan were available only in Aktau.

 

The Aktau Sea North Terminal is strategically important; it is one of the links of the multimodal logistics system that Kazakhstan is creating. Its capacity is up to three million tons of general cargo and grain per year. The Aktau port services ships of the Caspian basin countries. From here, the ships carry domestic and transit goods from Central Asia to Russia, the countries of Transcaucasia and the Persian Gulf.

 

NURLAN TOLEUGALIYEV, STAFF, AKTAU SEA NORTH TERMINAL:

- This route is called the Great Silk Road. Our main goal is to increase the freight traffic twofold, that is, reaching the figure of 1.5 million tons of any types of goods.

 

Production and Logistics Center is another project among those 30 that are being implemented in the Special Economic Zone "Aktau Sea Port". It is a warehouse complex for storing food products. The total area is almost 9,000 square meters.

 

AIDYN OKTAI, DIRECTOR, PRODUCTION AND LOGISTICS CENTER ‘AZERSUN’:

- A half of the center’s territory is a dry cargo warehouse. The rest is allocated for cold stores such as meat and chicken products and some fruits. So we can cover needs of the domestic market in Mangistau region, and provide high-quality food products to other cities.

 

Located in the center of Eurasia, Kazakhstan has always been considered a landlocked country. The Caspian Sea opened ‘the sea gates’. Therefore, coastal Mangistau region is particularly important in terms of Kazakhstan’s economic growth. The sea brings Kazakhstan closer to the five neighbouring countries that have large sales markets. It ensures the access of Kazakhstan to the global cargo traffic. By 2020, Kazakhstan expects freight transportation to bring up to $5 billion per year.

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