Asia – Europe container shipping increases 100 times over 5 years
Kazakhstan Temir Zholy President Kanat Alpysbayev reported at the Governments meeting on the projects on modernizing transport and logistics infrastructure.
K.Alpysbayev outlined the completed works, which are Borzhakty � Yersai railway, dry port and infrastructure at the Khorgos � Eastern Gates, expanding the Aktau port northwards. The first startup facilities of Kuryk port and Almaty � Shu railway will be commissioned by the year-end. On the eve of EXPO 2017 international exhibition, the company has been implementing projects on constructing new airport terminal and new railway station in Astana.
Construction of modern transport and logistics centers in Aktobe, Ust-Kamenogorsk and Aktau in partnership with the private sector is scheduled for 2018. The external terminal network will be rolled out over 2017-2019 at the points of consolidation and distribution of cargo flows in China, Russia, Central Asia, Turkey, the Persian Gulf, India, and Europe. The projects will create 22,000 new jobs, including 13.3 thousand in operation, K. Alpysbayev noted.
According to the head of the company, in order to reorient the global supply chains on trans Kazakhstan routes, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy has been introducing a set of measures aimed at developing transport and logistics services and integration into the international transport corridors.
Thus, the company has organized since 2011 a service of high-speed container trains. In 2016, the volume of container traffic in Asia � Europe is 100 times higher than the level of 2011. By 2020, Kazakhstan dry cargo and ferry port will be increased to 20 units, which will increase Kazakhstans share in maritime transport up to 40% (2.8 million tons a year).
As part of China � Europe corridor development, the joint transport and logistics company will be created by the Belarus and Kazakh railways. The transit carriage at the North � South corridors is also being actively developed. The uniform tariffs have been approved jointly with our partners within the corridors development. This year, Yiwu � Tehran container train has been launched, K.Alpysbayev informed.
As head of the company noted, the works being done has improved Kazakhstans position in Logistics Performance Index from 88th to 77th place out of 160, which is the best result among the CIS countries.
Our goal is to join top 40 countries with the best logistics climate by 2020. In this regard, there are measures to improve Kazakhstans LPI rankings through further development of transport and logistics infrastructure, interaction with customs and other authorities on the one stop principle, expanding volumes of intermodal goods shipping, improving the use of information technologies in transportation, automation of customs declaring procedures, K.Alpysbayev concluded.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan