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Kazakhstan, Turkey mull over Istanbul-Novorossisk-Almaty container train 27 février 2007

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Kazakhstan General Newswire

February 27, 2007 Tuesday, Astana

The railway authorities of Kazakhstan and Turkey met on Thursday in Astana and discussed ways to ramp up the railway traffic between China and the EU countries, according to the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Transport and Communication.

« Turkey is interested in an efficient employment of the railway for transportation of goods in Istanbul-Almaty direction. () In this connection, the Kazakh side has offered a budding route of freight traffic from Turkish ports to Almaty via Russia and then in the future to Central Asian countries and China, » reads the Monday news release.

According to the preliminary data of the ministry’s department of communications, it will take Istanbul-Novorossisk-Almaty container train about 7 days to cover the distance (4,395 km) at the average speed of 1,000 km/day.

The newsletter gives Turkish data stating that Istanbul-Almaty railway had a $5 bl turnover in 2005.

Meanwhile, Turkey does not treat the rail haul as the only route for freight traffic between China and the EU countries, says the ministry. It also offers to review optimal routes that combine motor, sea and railway transport

« It should be noted referring to the Turkish railway authorities, that more than 40,000 containers trucked from Turkey to Kazakhstan and Central Asian countries are transshipped via Black Sea ports every year, » it is indicated in the news release.

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