Cargo transportation volume through "Middle Corridor" by late 2020 disclosed
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Sept. 22
By Fidan Babayeva – Trend:
The volume of cargo transportation through the "Middle Corridor" among the ports of Baku (Azerbaijan), Alat and Aktau (Kazakhstan) may reach one million tons till the end of the year, Deputy Secretary General of the "Trans-Caspian International Transport Route" International Association Leila Batyrbekova said.
Batyrbekova made the remark while speaking at the ‘Eurasian Knot and the growing role of the Middle Corridor during the COVID-19 pandemic’ international webinar, Trend reports.
"More than 0.5 million tons of cargo were transported among these ports in the first half of this year, and, despite the pandemic, cargo transportation continues," deputy secretary general added.
"The difficulties in cargo transportation in the east direction are mainly connected with the cheapness of oil and the issues related to the currency, rather than with the pandemic," Batyrbekova said. "As a result, export is declining. The growth was 16 percent in the western direction, 27 percent - in the Baku port, which is a good indicator."
The deputy secretary general also added that the digitalization has recently simplified and accelerated the work with the documents.
The biggest increase in the transshipment of dry goods through the Baku International Sea Trade Port - up to 401,000 tons was observed in the first half of 2020.
During the reporting period, the share of big vehicles (trucks) increased by 14.4 percent up to 17,173, while 11,776 (68.6 percent) of them followed the Baku-Turkmenbashi-Baku route and 5,397 (31.4 percent) - along the Baku-Kuryk-Baku route.
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