The first shipment of export goods, produced in Afghanistan through the Lapis Lazuli corridor (Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey) to Europe will take place in October, TOLONews Agency reports, citing the Ministry of industry and trade of Afghanistan.
The trial batch, which will include two containers with carpets and precious stones, will leave northern dry ports of Aqina and Torghundi for Turkey and Holland.
– The pilot phase will enable the Lapis Lazuli Corridor countries to assess problems and challenges and they will then take the necessary steps to solve the issues, – said the Director of transit and trade facilities Yahya Akhlaqi.
According to the official, the ministry and transport companies involved in the project decided to send part of the goods by rail and the other part will go on the truck. Both schemes also include marine freight between the Caspian ports of Turkmenbashi and Baku.
The cargo will reach the Black sea ports of Georgia Poti and Batumi in six days.
Abdul Qadir Bahman, director of the international affairs of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, commented that the Lapis Lazuli corridor will help traders to set up quick and cheap export-import of goods.