Tuesday 6 March 2018

Kazakhstan: The country’s transport infrastructure contributes to the development of logistics services in East-West links

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On 21 – 22 February this year the delegation of JSC NC KTZ took part in the "Strategic partnership 1520: Central Europe” international railway business forum in Vienna.

Maksat Kabashev, Vice President for development of JSC NC KTZ gave a speech at the session entitled “Eurasian Logistics. Monetization of distances”.

He explained the priority directions of the development of the transport and logistics complex of Kazakhstan, and spoke about measures for the development of multimodal logistics, freight transportation, the implementation of the “Digital Railway” project, and the provision of a barrier-free transport environment.

The basic point in the formation of transcontinental service through the territory of Kazakhstan is the logistics assets in the port of Lianyungang. Regular service in trains from/to Kazakhstan via Dry Port to FEZ Khorgos-Eastern Gate on the Kazakhstan-Chinese border is established, which is a consolidating and distribution point for transit cargo flows through Kazakhstan, including towards Europe.

An additional impetus for the growth of traffic in the East-West communication is the entry in 2017 by the international shipping company COSCO and the port of Lianyungang into the capital of the Dry Port in the territory of the FEZ Khorgos - Eastern Gate. This strategic partnership is a catalyst for increasing traffic volumes, attracting new customers and investments.

“For the development of the East-West corridor, we set the task to bring the speed of transit container trains in the China-Europe transport connection to a level not less than 1150 km/day, improve processes and minimise the time of container handling at Dostyk and Altynkol stations,” said Mr Kabashev.

The Vice President for Development noted that in order to further increase the volume of transit traffic in the East-West transport connection, in the conditions of high competition with sea transport and increasing the requirements of customers to the level of service, it is necessary to step up joint work in a number of directions.

In particular, it is necessary to ensure an increase in the speed of the train on the entire route from the point of departure to the destination point not less than 1200 km per day or more, to improve the efficiency of using fitting platforms and containers.

Mr Kabashev also noted the need to increase the capacity of border crossings on the border with Europe, to increase the volumes of the backload in the direction of Europe-China, and also to develop the transport of goods using paperless technologies.

The heads of national railway companies, the transport block of the European Commission, international organisations, representatives of transport and logistics, machine-building and construction companies of the EU and CIS countries participated in the “Strategic Partnership 1520: Central Europe” international railway business forum.

(Source: KTZ)

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