BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jun.15
By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:
Cargo transshipment volume on Kuryk–Alat–Kuryk route between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan amounted to 562,000 tons over the period from Jan. through May 2020, a Kuryk port representative told Trend.
Kazakhstan’s Kuryk sea port currently only operates the Kuryk–Alat–Kuryk route.
The official said that the volume of cargo transshipment in May 2020 amounted to 137,000 tons, indicates a decrease by 6.1 percent compared to the data for Apr. 2020 (146,000 tons).
In turn, the volume of transit cargo amounted to 91,000 tons over the first five months of 2020; the as transported to China, Georgia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan.
The port official said that over the course of two months (January and February), a decrease in cargo volume compared to the planned volume was observed due to a temporary suspension or reduction in goods manufactured in China following coronavirus outbreak.
“Operations of ships arriving from Azerbaijan carrying people and vehicles with drivers was temporarily suspended. This measure did not cover freight traffic and railway freight traffic, which was not interrupted,” the official added.
Currently, there are three operating seaports in Kazakhstan: Aktau, Bautino and Kuryk.
Kuryk Port is located on the coast of the Caspian Sea, south of Aktau city. The port has direct access to the railway tracks. The ferry complex of the port is designed for transshipment of goods, including grain, petroleum products, fertilizers and chemicals.
Follow the author on twitter: @nargiz_sadikh