Container train will depart from Busan to Europe via Khorgos

Container train will depart from Busan to Europe via Khorgos

A container train will depart from the port of Busan in South Korea to Europe via Khorgos. Leaders of the ‘Khorgos-Eastern Gates’ special economic zone and the Busan Seaport agreed on the logistics route. A memorandum of cooperation was signed between the parties in April this year. As part of the agreement, direct communication is being created between the Busan port and Lianyungang. The investments attracted exceeded 500 billion Tenge. The route from South Korea to Europe via the Chinese Lianyungang and Kazakhstan's Khorgos is the shortest among existing routes. Today Busan is the largest port in South Korea and is the fifth largest in the world in terms of cargo turnover.

MURAT BAIMUKHANBETOV, CEO, ‘KHORGOS-EASTERN GATES’ SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE:

- The Lianyungang-Khorgos-Baku transcontinental route to Europe is already operating. Loads are arriving. In 2018, compared with 2017, the volume of transit goods through Kazakhstan increased by 11 times. This is not the limit. We are trying to negotiate to organize a test train from Busan to Europe through Lianyungang and Khorgos. This could show possibilities of this route.