Moscow. November 30. Representatives of major transport and logistics operators in Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia at a meeting in Istanbul decided to establish a consortium for the purpose of transporting goods from China to Europe.
As reported on Saturday the press service of “Georgian railway”, the agreement was reached during a presentation in Istanbul of the opportunities and prospects of TRANS-Caspian transport route “China-Turkey-Europe”, held in the framework of international transport and logistics exhibition “Logitrans”.
The willingness to become the founders of the consortium, along with the Chinese company Mishgeng Logistics, expressed “KTZ Express” (subsidiary of “Kazakhstan Railways”), CJSC “Azerbaijan Caspian shipping” and Azerbaijani company “Caravan logistics”, and Trans Caucasus Terminals, a subsidiary of Georgian railway LLC. The Turkish side will be represented in the consortium as an associate member.
According to the Director of Trans Caucasus Terminals Levan Elia, the company together with the co-founders of the consortium, in fact, already started to work in all countries located along the TRANS-Caspian transport route. “Decided to organize the first demonstration train from China to Europe and run in the direction of a regular container service,” said Elia.
In the framework of this project during 2016 is planned to be transported through the territory of Georgia for the first few thousand containers from China to Turkey and Europe, and is also provided with next year to start the transportation of goods through Ukraine to Northern and Eastern Europe.
“Thus, Georgia will once again return to the traditional historic trade route called the “Silk road,” said Elia.
An integral part of the TRANS-Caspian transport route should be a railway line Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway with a total length of 826 km, the commissioning of which is planned in 2016.