TRANSCASPIAN TRANSPORT POTENTIAL
Kuryk port is an important component in building both transport and logistics potential and export opportunities of Kazakhstan. It will play one of the key roles in cargo transportation along the Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor, which is a part of the new Silk Road. Transit cargo shipment is increasing between Kazakhstani Kuryk and Azerbaijani Alyat ports. Commissioning of the ferry complex in Baku is considered a strategically important event. Azerbaijani Alyat port will be closer to Kuryk port that then one in Aktau. If earlier cargo sea shipment used to take 22 hours, now it will take 4 hours less. Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are to set up a joint venture to manage cargo flows in the Caspian Sea.
FARKHAD GULIYEV, SPOKESPERSON, AZERBAIJAN CASPIAN SEA SHIPPING COMPANY:
- Joint operation will bring great benefits to the parties, will increase the freight flow and thereby increase the transit potential of our countries. To date, about 900 wagons have been transported to the port of Kuryk. 600 of them have been sent from Baku to Kuryk, and 300 carriages from the port of Kuryk to the port of Alyat in Azerbaijan, and these volumes are constantly growing.
Azerbaijan is planning to complete the expansion of the port Alyat. It is also planned to create the free trade economic zone. Experts say it will give an impetus to the development of the trade turnover between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan and will turn both countries into the main links on the Asia-Europe transport route.
TALEH ZIYADOV, HEAD OF BAKU INTERNATIONAL SEA TRADE PORT:
- The lion’s share of our operations is related to servicing the transit cargo. I think that launching of Kuryk port on this route will foster the implementation of measures taken by both Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan in connection with the Trans-Caspian International Transport Corridor. It will play a significant role in the Chinese "One Belt, One Road" strategy. I think Kuryk's development will support this corridor.
Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan show great interest in the Trans-Caspian transport route. Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is expected to be completed this year. It will increase the volume of cargo transportation between Asia and Europe. The republics are now focused on further development of transport capacities and strengthening of transshipment links on the both sides of the Caspian Sea.