Cargo traffic via "Uzen - Turkmen border" railway to hit 8-10 million tons per year

Business Materials 7 May 2011 16:25 (UTC +04:00)

Kazakhstan, Astana, May 7 / Trend A. Maratov /

The cargo traffic via the Uzen - the Turkmen border railway will hit 8-10 million tons a year, akim of Mangystau region Krymbek Kusherbayev told Trend.

"The cargo traffic via the Uzen - the Turkmen border railway will hit 8 - 10 million tons a year," Kusherbayev said.
Its construction will be completed this year.

It was previously reported that the new railway will bring Kazakhstan, along with China, Russia, Belarus to the Persian Gulf and to the seaports of Iran.

The new rail line is the logical continuation of a policy of diversifying the economic relations of the country allowing to expand the export potential of the region," he said.

He said that Zhanaozen city of the Mangistau region can become a regional transit transport and logistics hub. It can serve as a strategic point - the regulator of the international corridor North - South in this sector.

He said that the planned special economic zone will unite the two sub-zones. The first one the resort area Kenderli and the Kenderli international airport. This is a competitive project, based on the unique tourism resources having no analogues in the world. It allows to create about 15,000 jobs in the region.

The second subzone is the International Border Cooperation Centre Bolashak. It will ensure customs clearance, warehousing, movement of transit cargo and other services.

"There will be tax and customs benefits in the terriorty of the free-economic zone Caspian," he said.

The Mangistau region is in the south-west of Kazakhstan. It has a favorable geo-economic position. The region borders with five countries of the Caspian region.
The international transport corridors TRACECA and North - South, connecting Eastern Europe with Central Asia and northern Europe with the Gulf countries, stretch through its territory.
In this case the Aktau seaport acts as Kazakhstan's western gateway. It plays a key role in ensuring that the country enters the world commodity markets.