Kazakstan working to solve traffic jam problems on border with Uzbekistan
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 19
The Ministry of Finance of Kazakhstan is taking a number of measures to reduce traffic jams on the Kazakh-Uzbek border, Podrobno.uz reported.
In the past two years, the high intensity of foreign trade of Uzbekistan and neighboring countries has been noted. This is due to the increase in freight traffic from European countries and China to Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. From January 2017 to September 2018, the growth rate of re-locatable freight transport increased 3.5 times. Thus, while in 2017, 5,800 trucks drove across the border, in September 2018, the number increased to 21,700.
"The existing infrastructure does not allow to expand the passage for the increasing flow of vehicles through existing checkpoints, and this leads to traffic jams," the Ministry of Finance of Kazakhstan noted.
The State Revenue Committee of the Ministry of Finance of Kazakhstan is taking systemic and operational measures to reduce the traffic flow at the border with Uzbekistan, in particular, the explanatory work is being carried out with drivers, in order to evenly distribute traffic flows between checkpoints, the movement technology has been revised in order to accelerate movement across the border.
In October, a meeting will be held between the heads of the customs services of the two countries in order to resolve the current situation, as well as the daily exchange of operational information on traffic jams in front of checkpoints is carried out and the measures on the accelerated passage are coordinated with the customs authorities of Uzbekistan.