BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 28
The volume of freight traffic at the Baku International Sea Trade Port (Baku Port) CJSC amounted to just over four million tons, Trend reports referring to the statistics of the Baku Port.
According to the statistics, the volume of goods transported increased by 7.2 percent, compared to 2018.
The bulk of the total freight traffic, that is 84.8 percent, fell to the share of transit cargo and amounted to over 3.4 million tons.
So, in 2019, 35,152 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent) was transported, which is 53.6 percent more than in 2018.
The number of containers from the People's Republic of China amounted to 5,369, which, compared with the figures of 2018, indicates an increase of 111 percent. The beginning of the work of the Turkestan and Beket Ata vessels on the Kazakhstan-Azerbaijan route in April 2019, as part of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (Middle Corridor), was the reason for the significant growth in container cargo transportation in 2019.
An increase of 57.3 percent was recorded in the transshipment of wheeled vehicles, including International Road Transport (TIR), compared to 2018. More precisely, 33,671 wheeled vehicles were transported in 2019. Of these, 24.970 (74.2 percent) were transported on the Baku-Turkmenbashi-Baku route, while 8,701 (25.8 percent) were transported on the Baku-Kuryk-Baku route.
Significant growth in the transshipment of wheeled vehicles is mainly associated with the increasing usage of Turkish, Ukrainian and Turkmen TIRs along the route.
The number of transshipped rail cars at the ferry terminal amounted to 44,175, which indicates an increase of 2.7 percent compared to 2018.
Of these, 20,331 rail cars (46 percent) were transported on the Baku-Kuryk-Baku route, 23,802 rail cars (53.9 percent) were transported via the Baku-Turkmenbashi route, while 42 rail cars (0.1 percent) accounted for the Baku-Aktau-Baku route.
The number of passengers using the services of the Baku Port amounted to 46,265 people in 2019.
The highest rate of the last 28 years for the handling of containers and wheeled vehicles at the Baku Port was recorded in 2019.