Trade turnover grows between new Silk Road countries
Marine harbors of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Iran strengthen cooperation. Simplification of customs procedures contribute to the development of trade relations. Representatives of customs agencies of the CIS countries adopted a declaration at an international forum in Aktau. This document defines the future development vectors of trade relations between the new Silk Road member countries. In addition, the declaration will help the development of the Aktau sea port. The port introduced the one-stop-shop principle last year. Time of registration of customs documents was reduced by 10 hours. Monthly capacity was only 600-700 cargo ships through the sea gate of Kazakhstan, now it makes up 1,500. More than 4.5 million tons of cargo has been transported in just ten months of this year through the Aktau port. Kazakhstan's grain and metal are exported to the neighboring countries and the demand for them has grown.
MIKHAIL YALBACHEV, PRESIDENT, AKTAU INTERNATIONAL SEA TRADING PORT:
This year we expect bigger batches of metal. We have shipped a record number of metal in August and September. If earlier the average shipment volume was somewhere around 100,000 tons per month, these months it is 160,000 and 170,000. That is, the port has demonstrated its potential, that there is no limit. It all depends on how much goods we receive from consignors for onward transportation for export.
GOSMAN AMRIN, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN, STATE REVENUE COMMITTEE:
We have utilized the positive experience of the Aktau sea port at many centers of customs clearance in Kazakhstan and other departments. It is necessary to introduce a better time management in each state body.