Weekly review of major events in transport sector of Azerbaijan
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Sept.20
By Fidan Babayeva – Trend:
This week, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iran to Azerbaijan Seyed Abbas Mousavi said that Iran and Azerbaijan have much to do to develop cooperation on RO-RO vessels, Trend reports.
According to the State Customs Committee (SCC) of Azerbaijan, from January through August 2020, cargo transportation in the amount of $16.6 billion was carried out in Azerbaijan, which is 27.5 percent less compared to the same period of 2019.
During the mentioned eight months, Azerbaijan carried out cargo transportation by road in the amount of $4.8 billion, which is 0.02 percent more compared to the same period of 2019.
At the same time, $867.9 million worth of cargo were transported by air from Azerbaijan, an annual slump of 72 percent.
According to the State Agency of Azerbaijan Automobile Roads, reconstruction of a road connecting three villages is being completed in Kurdamir district. The volume of work carried out on modernizing roads in line with the adopted state programs for the development of districts, is growing every year. The work in Kurdamir carried out by the agency within the reconstruction of the Arab Gubaly-Chol Gubaly-Maharramli highway with a length of 18 kilometers is nearing completion.
Moreover, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan increase the competitiveness of transit corridors passing through the territory of the three countries. A regular meeting in the format of a video conference with the participation of the heads of six working groups of Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan took place on September 14. The Afghan side brought to the attention the proposals on the improvement of the customs infrastructure related to the roadmap, accelerating of the customs operations, provision of the customs service with the latest technologies, exchanging of information between the customs services of the three countries, design and modernize dry ports, and create TIR parks.
Another important event this week was the fact that Russian airlines have requested admission to regular flights to Azerbaijan. For the first time, since the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian Federal Agency for Air Transport (Rosaviatsiya) announced a meeting of the interdepartmental commission under the Ministry of Transport of Russia, which distributes permits for flights abroad. According to the published materials, Russian carriers want to get the right to fly not only to countries the borders of which are open, but also to stock up with admissions to those that are still closed.
In addition, on September 16, Spokesman for Azerbaijan’s ADY Express LLC Ilham Abdulov said: "By the end of 2020 and in 2021, we plan to transport new types of goods, namely, timber, grain and coal, along the Russia-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey route."