Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia will create a transport consortium


At a meeting in Istanbul representatives of major transport and logistics companies of Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia have agreed to establish a consortium to transport goods from China to Europe.

As the press service of “Georgian Railway” reported on Saturday, an agreement was reached during a presentation about opportunities and prospects for a Trans-Caspian transport route “China-Turkey-Europe”, that was shown as a part of international transport and logistics exhibition “Logitrans”.

Along with the Chinese company Mishgeng Logistics, their readyness to become the founders of the consortium expressed “KTZ Express” (a subsidiary of “Kazakhstan Railways”), “Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company”, and Azerbaijani company “Caravan Logistics”, as well as Trans Caucasus Terminals (a subsidiary of the structure of “Georgian Railway”). The Turkish side will be represented in the consortium as an associated member.

According to the Director of Trans Caucasus Terminals Levan Sulaberidze, the company together with co-founders of the consortium have already started working in all the countries located along the Trans-Caspian transport route.

“It was decided to organize the first demonstration train from China to Europe, and run a regular container delivery service on that direction,” – said Sulaberidze.

Under this project in 2016 it is planned to transport the first few thousands of containers from China to Turkey and Europe through the territory of Georgia, and also to start shipping to Northern and Eastern Europe through Ukraine.

“Thus, Georgia will return to the traditional historic trade route, called the “Silk Road”- said Sulaberidze.

One of the components of the Trans-Caspian transport route should be the railway Baku-Tbilisi-Kars of the total length of 826 km, which is planned to launch in 2016.

Source: Interfax