The throughput of four key stations at the Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan border will be increased three-fold. This will increase the transit and export potential of the two countries. In 2018, the stations will be repaired and modernized. The access roads will be expanded. The need for changes is evidenced by figures: over 100 furrows cross via this station per day. According to experts, the cargo flow on this section of the Kazakh-Uzbek border has doubled compared to last year.

ARDAK TENGEBAYEV, CHAIRMAN, STATE REVENUE COMMITTEE, KAZAKH MINISTRY OF FINANCE:

 - Currently, over 100 cars pass through the border. After the work and launch, the number of machines will increase to 1000 per day. We believe that there will be a very large increase in the flow which will enable us to increase the export potential of our countries. This is exactly what we aim at.

The stations will be equipped with modern X-rays and advanced radiation monitoring systems. The system of video surveillance will be improved. This will speed up the procedure of the border passing and cut costs. Within 11 months of this year more than 9.5 million people and nearly 110,000 trucks crossed the border in both directions. This is two times higher comparing to the previous year.  

MIRAKBAR ALIKHODZHAYEV, HEAD, ORGANIZATION OF CUSTOMS CONTROL DEPARTMENT, STATE CUSTOMS COMMITTEE OF UZBEKISTAN:

 - Regardless of the car or people, we tried make the border as easy and quick as possible to cross. These issues were discussed at the meeting today. The work will begin next year.

Experts say that with the modernization of the stations, the cargo volumes will grow four fold. The efficiency of the staff at checkpoints will increase, too. The work will begin in the first months of the New Year.

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