Tashkent hosted a meeting between the railways leaders of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan on the development of an international multimodal route between the five countries, the Prime Agency reports citing the JSC Uzbek Railways information service.
The parties plan to launch transit trains from Central Asia to Azerbaijan and Georgia by spring of 2020.
– The launch of a pilot transit container train on a multimodal route is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020, the company’s website statement said following a meeting.
The meeting participants established single transit tariff rates and the goods transportation conditions along the route, and discussed the logistics infrastructure.
– The parties also agreed to create a Coordinating Committee composed of the heads of railways of the participating countries chaired by the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the company added.
This will enable the Central Asian countries to dispatch goods through the Turkmenbashy Turkmen Port at the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijan and via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway to Georgia and Turkey.
The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway was built in October 2017 on the basis of the Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey interstate agreement.