Lithuania talks decrease of cargo traffic from Kazakhstan, plans for its increase

Lithuania talks decrease of cargo traffic from Kazakhstan, plans for its increase

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb. 19

By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:

Lithuania is looking to re-establish cooperation in transport with Kazakhstan and increase cargo transit volume, a representative of Lithuania’s Ministry of Transport and Communications told Trend.

“Lithuania and Kazakhstan have five intergovernmental treaties on the sphere of transportation. Close ties are established between railways administrations of both countries as well as between Lithuanian port Klaipeda and Kazakh sea port of Aktau, who exchange experience continually. Auto carriers also have solid connections with the counterparts of Kazakhstan. There is an institutional commission of working group on transportation and mixed commission on auto cargo carriers between of two countries,” the official said.

He said that cargo transportation between both countries exceeded 355,000 tons over the course of first nine months of 2019, which is 5 percent more than in the same period of 2018.

“Lithuania exported 110,000 tons of domestic cargo to Kazakhstan during nine months of 2019. This is almost 55 percent less than in the same period of 2018. Import from Kazakhstan increased more than twice, reaching 61,000 of tons,” the official said.

The representative added that cooperation in freight focuses on Chinese goods transit to Europe via Kazakhstan and Lithuania and as a result, the big increase is observed in a Kazakh transit cargo trough Lithuania.

“Cooperation in transport between Lithuania and Kazakhstan went smoothly last couple of years. There was small increase in cargo amount, but not significant. We are witnessing decrease of Kazakh cargo going through Klaipeda seaport. One of our goals is to re-establish cooperation in this field and rise cargo amount,” he said.

However the official added that an overall Kazakh cargo transiting trough Lithuania has grown by almost 62 percent within last two years. The official reminded that on n Nov. 27, 2020, a delegation of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (Kazakhstan Railways) visited Lithuania.

“The delegation visited the Klaipeda State Seaport, got acquainted with its activities and the specifics of the stevedoring companies. Representatives of the Lithuanian side shared plans to improve infrastructure and further develop the sea harbor. This visit is a good example of the ongoing talks,” the official said.

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