Uzbekistan joined the China-Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway corridor, the press service of the Kazakhstan railway department Kazakhstan Temir Zholy reported.
The issue of Tashkent’s joining the transport integration project was discussed by representatives of the railway administrations of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, China, Iran and Uzbekistan at a meeting in Almaty. The parties agreed on a decision on the participation of the Uzbek side in container transportation along this route, complex tariff rates, and also discussed issues of attracting additional cargoes on the route.
According to the press service of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, the volume of traffic along the China-Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran corridor last year amounted up to one thousand TFC (twenty-foot container).
The total length of the route China – Kazakhstan – Turkmenistan – Iran is about 10 thousand kilometers. The total travel time is about two weeks, which is twice as fast as by sea, which takes 25-30 days. With the accession of Uzbekistan, it will be possible to reduce the distance and increase the freight turnover in this area.
This railway route is the first logistic solution for high-speed cargo delivery from the East China coast to the Persian Gulf markets. Turkmenistan, based on the needs of suppliers and carriers, provides two routes to Iran. The first route from Serhetyak to Serakhs is to southeastern Iran, or, via Akyaila, to the northern part of the country.
The creation of this transport and transit corridor became possible after the construction of the international railway Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran. The road was opened in December 2014 with the participation of the presidents of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Iran.