The first 115 tons of Afghan marble was successfully delivered through the territory of Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan. This is reported by the Azerbaijani media.
This event demonstrates the growing importance of the Lapis Lazuli corridor in the development of regional and continental trade. However, the main value of this route is that it opens the way for Afghan goods to world markets and contributes to the integration of Afghanistan into the world economy.
The lazurite transport corridor, in the creation of which Turkmenistan played a major role, connects the city of Torgundi in the Afghan province of Herat with Ashgabat by rail and highway.
From the Turkmen capital, the corridor stretches to the port of Turkmenbashi in the Caspian Sea, then across the sea to Baku, and from there via Tbilisi to Ankara with branches in Poti and Batumi. And after that – from Ankara to Istanbul and further to Europe. Afghan goods follow this route down to European markets, where they find their buyer.
In spring of this year, ORIENT reported that a shipment of $ 1 million worth of Afghan cashmere was sent to the UK via the Lapis Lazuli Corridor. For now the volumes are not large, but everything is just beginning.
It should be noted here that Turkmen builders, who widely use this material in cladding residential and public buildings in Ashgabat and other cities of the country, are showing interest in Afghan marble.
In general, experts highly appreciate the possibilities of the Lapis Lazuli transport corridor. In their opinion, the route is able to compete with other transport corridors passing through Central Asia, in terms of cargo delivery times and route conditions.