Weekly overview of major developments in Azerbaijan’s transport sector

Transport Materials 21 May 2022 14:24 (UTC +04:00)
Sadraddin Aghjayev
Sadraddin Aghjayev
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BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 21. This week it became known that the Danish Maersk logistics company had developed a new rail-sea route linking Asia with Europe through Central Asia, which would pass through Azerbaijan, Trend reports.

Maersk started developing the new route back in March and carried out the first departure from China in April.

Furthermore, it has been informed that the demand for cargo shipments through the South Caucasus will grow in the new realities. In this regard, the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport of Azerbaijan will continue to support TRACECA [Europe-Caucasus-Asia transport corridor project] in the process of simplifying customs procedures and tariff policy.

The Permanent Secretariat of TRACECA Intergovernmental Commission (PS IGC) will complete a research project in the second quarter of 2022, covering an analysis of the cost of shipping in the Caspian and Black Seas. The research provides a comparative analysis of freight cost, as well as prepares proposals for the reduction in prices, and business models on sea transport lines.

It has become known that Azerbaijani carriers are ready to participate in combined cargo shipments. Azerbaijan aims to accelerate integration into the international transport system, simplify freight traffic, and optimize the legal framework. The country is currently conducting activities on the smooth implementation of freight and passenger traffic.

In addition, it has been confirmed that Azerbaijan plans to launch the eTIR procedure. In this regard, the State Customs Committee (SCC) of Azerbaijan completes activities for technical compliance with the electronification of international freight transport. The relevant memorandum will be signed between Azerbaijan’s State Customs Committee and Azerbaijan International Road Carriers Association (ABADA).

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Azerbaijan has developed a draft law aimed at abolishing the road tax for cargo transit. Road tax payment while entering Azerbaijan applies to both local and foreign carriers.