Baku, Azerbaijan (PortSEurope) January 10, 2020 – China has started shipping dried fruits to Turkey via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway.
In late December, a train carrying 44 containers loaded with walnuts from Urumqi, the administrative centre of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwestern China, crossed Kazakhstan and reached Baku International Sea Port.
The cargo will be delivered to the city of Mersin in Turkey via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway in the next few days. ADY Container, a subsidiary of Azerbaijan Railways CJSC, is one of the freight carriers.
Over 984 tonnes of walnuts have been delivered to Turkey from Hotan, Kashgar and Aksu prefectures. The next train, loaded with walnuts, is scheduled to depart Turkey In February.
The main purpose of the BTK project was to improve economic relations between the three countries and attract foreign direct investment by connecting Europe and Asia.
Providing the shortest rail link between Europe and Asia, BTK plays an important role in the implementation of China’s “One Belt, One Road” strategy (new Silk Road) and International North-South Transport Corridor.
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