CEO of “NC “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy” Kanat Alpysbayev held talks with General Director of the Chinese railways Lu Dongfu in Beijing.
The parties discussed the prospects for cooperation between the railway administrations of Kazakhstan and China in the framework of the “Nurly Zhol” program and the “Economic Belt of the Silk Road” initiative.
China developed a five-year plan for the development of the international container transport between China and Europe. Kazakhstan actively participates in the development of transcontinental transit traffic.
“According to the results of 2016, the volume of container shipments from China to Europe amounted to 104.5 thousand TEU, which was twice as much as in 2015. By 2020, it is planned to increase the volume of container traffic to 800 thousand TEU”, the message reads.
Last year, the volume of transport between two countries was over 8 million tons of cargo, which was 16.6 percent more than in 2015. In 2017, more than 10 million tons of cargo are planned to be transported through the railway border crossings of two states.
K. Alpysbayev informed about the measures on reorientation of the container cargo flows from the interstate point Alashankou - Dostyk transfer to Khorgos - Altynkol with the processing at the dry port of the SEZ “Khorgos - Eastern Gateway”.
As a result of the talks, the agreements on the organization of the container trains in the China-Europe route were signed, as well as the organization of the high-speed passenger train “Astana-Altynkol” (consisting of Tulpar-Talgo rail cars) since May 2017 within the framework of the international exhibition EXPO-2017 in Astana.