China – Europe container traffic via Kazakhstan doubled in 2015

Container traffic on China – Europe via Kazakhstan reached 109.9 billion tkm last year, according to Alpysbayev Kanat, Vice-President of Logistics at Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ). The volume of cargo more than doubled, increasing to 46,100 TEU.

China and Kazakhstan have intensively increased collaboration in the field of freight transport and logistics during the last years, with the latter aiming to become a major logistic link connecting Europe and Asia. In February 2015, a regular container train service on the route Lianyungang – Almaty started operations. Three container trains, with an increase to five, are expected to run each week starting with this year.

In July, the first Nomad Express container train,  loaded with 106 containers, was launched from China (Shihezi) and traveled to Kazakhstan (Dostyk-Aktau port) and Azerbaijan (Kishly). The train completed the 4726 km-journey in just six days. In December, a second Nomad Express pilot train from China’s east coast port of Lianyungang arrived in Tiblisi (Georgia) on route to Istanbul.


More rail transport and logistics projects for Kazakhstan on the Iranian market

Kazakhstan Railways and Iranian Social Security Investment Company (SHASTA) intend to jointly build a terminal in the Bandar Abbas seaport and infrastructural facilities on the principle of dry port near Incheburun station on the Turkmen and Iranian border. The terminal purpose is to consolidate the logistics supply chain and to set points for transit traffic and cargo export in the ports of the Persian Gulf. The project is part of the Kazakhstan “100 steps”  program for the integration of Kazakhstan into the international transport and communication flows, and for the establishment of the multi-modal transport route Eurasian transcontinental corridor.

Within the framework of Kazakhstan Railway working visit to Iran on February 21-22, a discussion with the Director General of Raja Rail Transportation Company with the participation of Carlos Palacio OriolPresident of Patentes Talgo S.A. was held for the supply of 200 passenger cars produced by Tulpar-Talgo LLP for implementation of the program on development of the passenger transportation in Iran.

During the meeting with Dr Mohsen Pour Seyed Aghaie, General Director of Iranian Railways, the two parties planed to increase the volume of freight transported between Kazakhstan and Iran up to 2.5 mln tons in 2016.