Kazakhstan, Astana, Jan. 16 / Trend /
According to the Kazakh Ministry of Transport and Communications, the volume of cargo transported by ferries through Aktau increased more than 2,5 times and amounted to more than 525,000 tons or 142.7 percent as of 11 months of 2010 compared to the same period of last year.
Moreover, according to the agency, the volume of container transportation increased almost 3 times. The growth was caused by the transit of non-military cargo to Afghanistan. The number of transported containers in 2010 totaled 9,332 units, most of them were sent to Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, transportation of grain was reduced. It hit 377.300 tons were transported for 11 months. It was stipulated by high import duties on foreign wheat imposed by Iran. Thus, the transportation of grain to Aktau was virtually suspended for 4 months. It hit less than 46 tons.
At the same time, the ministry noted that metal was transported to the amount of 1 million 790,000 tons, 12.7 percent more than the same period of 2009.
According to the operative data, it is planned to ensure a total cargo transportation at the level of 12.7 million tons as of 2010. It is planned to transport about 9.7 million tons of oil, 2.2 million tons of dry cargo, including 1.6 million tons of metal, 391,000 tons of grain and 192,000 tons of other goods.
These indices will be achieved by maintaining the active dynamics of transporting metal, other goods, as well as stabilizing grain and oil transportation.