Lianyungang Port to Expand Opportunities of Trans Caspian Transport Route
Kazakhstan has become an important transit link for China-Europe export as the traffic volume on the Trans-Caspian route continues to increase every day. In the last three years, a total of eight million tonnes of cargo were received and shipped in the Kazakhstan-China joint terminal at Lianyungang Port.
LIU BIN, CEO, KAZAKH-CHINESE LOGISTICS COMPANY:
- Our goal is to promote the economy through Kazakhstan’s logistics. There is successful transportation of goods in the China-Europe direction. We send wheat from Kazakhstan to Southeast Asia via the Lianyungang port. In the future, we will increase the volume and range of products transported from Kazakhstan. Not only wheat but also beef and chicken meat will be added to the list.
The Shanghai Lianyungang terminal, a joint project between Kazakhstan and China, was launched in 2014 during Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s state visit to Shanghai.
Both countries have signed the agreement allowing Kazakhstan to use Lianyungang Port for cargo traffic in 1995.
In 2013, China granted Kazakhstan permission to build a terminal at the port. The project deal was signed by Kazakhstan Temir Zholy NC JSC and the People’s Government of Lianyungang city.
Under the agreement, both parties will cooperate on the construction and management of the logistics terminal located in northeastern China.
Due to the joint-terminal, Kazakh manufacturers pay lower cost of logistics at the Lianyungang Port. Many producers, particularly wheat producers, are taking advantage of the opportunity to open new markets abroad.
DARKHAN YESENGULOV, DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF KAZAKH-CHINESE LOGISTICS COMPANY:
- We do the repacking of our grain. We send it to Vietnam. In the future, we consider to expand the market in Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea and Japan. We ship back these containers in which we brought the grain to Kazakhstan. So we looped these containers.