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Astana, Kazakhstan • 26 May, 2023 | 15:31

Kazakhstan and China Develop Bilateral Transport and Logistics Potential

The industry ministry notes the growing demand for logistics services between the countries

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The ministry of industry and infrastructural development highlighted all the current projects that Kazakhstan jointly develops with China in order to realize the bilateral potential in the transport and logistics sphere, QazMonitor reports citing the ministry’s press service.

Currently, both countries develop the Khorgos-Eastern Gate special economic zone, the Khorgos International Center for Border Cooperation, as well as the seaport of Lianyungang. Furthermore, the construction of a Kazakh dry port in the city of Xi'an started this year. This port, with a design capacity of 1.200 million TEU per year, is expected to address the issue of consolidating cargo from China's regions and sending it on all key international routes.

The ministry also noted the positive dynamics of both export and import freight traffic between the two countries. For the three months of this year, the volume of transit cargo by rail in Kazakhstan increased by 27.5% y/y, indicating a growing demand for logistics services.

To satisfy this demand across Central Asia, Transcaucasia, Iran, Turkiye, and Europe, the parties started the construction of the second track on the Dostyk-Moiynty railway section, as well as the third railway crossing between the Bakhty (Kazakhstan) and the Tacheng (China) checkpoints.

The Kazakh and Chinese governments also signed a memorandum of understanding to develop the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route for container trains between China and Europe.

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