Trans-Caspian route could see regular container train
A regular container train along the Trans-Caspian rail freight corridor towards Europe could be launched next year. The Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR) starts from south east Asia and China, and runs through Kazakhstan, by the Caspian sea, and then Azerbaijan, Georgia and onto Europe.
The TITR International Association’s latest round-table meeting saw a range of discussions, including tariff rates for 2018, with the aim of increasing competitiveness of the route, and the possible launch of a regular container service along the route.
Veysi Kurt, Chairman of the Board of JSC TCDD Transportation Turkish Railways, said there had been ‘mutual cooperation’ with TITR and its members, and that a framework agreement had been established for services by KTZ Express in Turkey.
The TITR, which has been dubbed ‘The Middle Corridor’ is likely to become an increasingly important strand of the New Silk Road economic projects linking China with Europe, as demonstrated with the inaugural Baku-Tiblisi-Kars service launched last month.