Ukraine got a discount for using the Trans-Caspian cargo route from China bypassing Russia

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In Baku, representatives of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Ukraine signed a protocol on the establishment of competitive discounted tariffs for cargo transportation through the Trans-Caspian international transport route that will transport goods to Central Asia (to China in particular) bypassing Russia. It was reported by Azerbaijani news agency Trend.

According to the agency, the protocol was signed by the head of Azerbaijani Railways Javid Gurbanov, the head of Kazakhstan Railways Askar Mamin, the head of Georgian Railway Mamuka Bakhtadze, and Acting Chairman of the Board of Ukrainian Railways Alexander Zavgorodniy.

The document covers the establishment of competitive discounted tariffs for cargo transportation through the Trans-Caspian route, taking complex measures to facilitate the movement of trains on the route, and increase the turnover. A similar protocol was signed separately by Azerbaijan and Georgia.

The Trans-Caspian international transport route runs through China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, and then further to Europe. The first test container train through the route Shihezi (China) – Dostik – Aktau – Alat arrived to Baku International sea trade port on August 3.

A test run of a container train through the route Ukraine – Georgia – Azerbaijan – Kazakhstan – China (through the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea) starts on January 15 from the town of Ilyichevsk. Thus, Ukraine offers shippers to use the Trans-Caspian international transport route for transportation of goods to Central Asia, bypassing Russia.

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“Today, the first test run through the route Ukraine – Georgia – Azerbaijan – Kazakhstan – China starts from the Ilyichevsk seaport. This will be a new direction of the “Silk Road“, and an alternative for delivery of goods from Ukraine to these markets bypassing Russia,” – wrote the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk on his Facebook page.

Source: gordonua.com