Review of transport sector in Azerbaijan (January-November 2012)

Transport sector of Azerbaijan transported 192.6 million tons of cargo in January-November, which is 3.4 percent more than the same period of 2011, State Statistics Committee said. Some 74.2 percent of the goods from the total amount fell to the private sector.

Some 56.1 percent of all cargo was transported by road, 27.1 percent - pipelines, 10.9 percent - railway and 5.9 percent - by sea.

About 1.5 billion people were transported by passenger transport in January-November, which is 8.4 percent more than the same period of 2011. Most of the passengers were transported by road transport (87.6 percent) and metro (12.1 percent).

Automobile transport takes the lion share in the transport field of the country. Some 108.1 million tons of cargo was transported by road transport, which is 7.6 percent more than in January-November 2011. The volume of passenger traffic totaled 1.3 billion (increase by 8.7 percent). Some 96.3 percent of the passengers were transported by buses and 3.7 percent - by cars. Freight turnover by road during the period grew by 7.7 percent compared to January-November 2011, and passenger turnover - by 9.7 percent.

The Azerbaijan State Railway Department (ASRD) transported 21 million tons of various cargo or 4.2 percent more than the same period of 2011. The number of loaded carriages made up 691, in average per day and unloaded - 562. Average daily load of carriages in the northern direction is 27,500 tons and in western direction 6,500 tons, but in the southern direction - 4,300 tons.

Transport ministries of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Turkey have signed memorandum on Silk Wind project within transport corridor Europe - Caucasus - Asia,

The project goal is the creation of a multimodal transport route trains (container / ro-ro) with the preliminary exchange of information between customs authorities and rail operators of participating countries. The member-countries plan to introduce a single tariff for transportation of goods within the project.

Some 11.4 million tons of cargo was transported by sea in January-November, which is 0.2 percent more than in January-November 2011. The entire volume of transported cargo fell to international operations. The volume of cargo handled at ports of Azerbaijan in January-November amounted to 10.9 million tons, which is 0.1 percent more than in the same period of last year.

Some 61.1 percent of cargo shipping fell on oil and oil products, while 38.9 percent on dry cargo. Volume of international transit cargos processed in January-November increased by 1.8 percent. As of Dec.1, 2012, 73,800 tons of cargo left in the ports for import, which is 17 percent more compared to the same period of last year.

In January-November, the export via oil pipelines made up 39.7 million tons. During this period, 75 percent or 30.1 million tons of oil was transported via the BTC (data provided by the State Statistics Committee). In January-November Sangachal terminal transported 2.9 million tons of Turkmen oil via BTC.

Transportation via gas pipelines made up 17.2 billion cubic meters or 3.3 percent more compared to January-November 2011. Some 20.9 percent of the transported gas fell on South Caucasus Pipeline. Some 3.6 billion cubic meters of gas was transported via this pipeline.

Some 1.5 million passengers were transported by air transport in January-November, which is 14.5 percent more than the same period in 2011. Some 1.5 percent of traffic by this kind of transport fell to private sector. The volume of cargo transportation by air was 53,800 tons.

Following the successful integration of bmi into British Airways, October 28th marked the launch of the new winter schedule and the official return of British Airways to Azerbaijan. Customers from Azerbaijan will continue to fly in to Heathrow T1, while flying with British Airways will mean they have access to a wide range of UK domestic routes, as well as a network of more than twenty destinations in the US and Canada

CJSC Azerbaijan Airlines ordered four new E-190 aircraft from Brazilian Embraer SA. The total cost is $180.8 million. The delivery of aircraft will begin in the third quarter of 2013. Some 177 million people were transported by the subway, increasing by 7 percent.

Some 47 million tons of cargo was transported through the Eurasian transport corridor at the territory of Azerbaijan in January-October 2012, which is 5.3 percent more than the same period of 2011. Some 216.3 million people were transported through the corridor, which is 8 percent more than in January-October 2011.

Some 15.55 million tons of cargo was transported by transit through Azerbaijan's territory between January and November 2012, or 7.8 percent more than the same period of 2011.

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