Kazakhstan’s transport transit potential is growing
Kazakhstan’s transport transit potential is growing. The volumes of freight traffic on the section of the Western Europe – Western China corridor grew by 15 per cent since the beginning of the year in Kyzylorda region. The annual average economic impact totals more than 190 billion Tenge. The Government allocated 164 billion Tenge for the construction of 812 kilometres of road. The highway’s every section meets best international standards. The highway provides comfort, as well as new opportunities for business development. Investments in this field totalled 4.5 billion Tenge. 41 service centres will be constructed along the highway, including 19 commissioned centres. According to specialists, the traffic flow currently reaches 9,000 cars a day, including more than 800 cargo trucks.
KAIRAT ABSULTANOV, SENIOR STAFF, ROADS DEPARTMENT:
- The fares for driving along the roads of the first and the second categories will slightly differ in our regional section of the highway. Two crossing points will operate here.
Kuryk Ferry Port is playing a great role in the expansion of Kazakhstan’s transit opportunities. Meanwhile, 2.6 million tonnes of freight have been transshipped since the port’s commissioning, including more than 1.2 million tonnes in the first seven months of this year. At this port, Kazakhstan-made grains, oil, consumer goods and fertilizers are shipped for export. Kazakhstan’s second seaport received 620 ships so far and has the capacity to fit five cargo ships at a time. The transit freights are delivered to the port by railroad from China and reloaded to ships departing to Europe. Goods such as metal, furniture, construction supplies and food products are shipped in the opposite direction.
TALGAT OSPANOV, SENIOR STAFF, KURYK PORT:
- There are four ships harboured here. In addition, there are 500 wagons waiting for their turn. We prioritize shipping grains, coal, oil products and transit freights from China.
For the development of the Eurasian transport corridors, about US$30 billion were invested in the transport and logistics infrastructure over the past 10 years. Projects aimed at modernization and construction of infrastructural facilities is being implemented as well. Investments in the field will total more than US$8 billion by 2020. It will boost trade flows along the Silk Road allowing Kazakhstan to strengthen its position as the regional transit and logistics hub.