Baku, Azerbaijan (PortSEurope) June 10, 2021 – A new container express block train, part of the TURKUAZ project, will further enhance the role of the Port of Baku and significantly increasing the freight traffic on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line. It will help expand the port’s capacity and upgrade its competitiveness. The first container train arrived in Baku in April carrying 21 containers. TURKUAZ is a new
joint logistics product developed by Azerbaijan’s ADY Container LLC with partners from Turkey and Georgia. The container train will carry cargo twice a week from the ports of Istanbul (Black Sea) and Mersin (Mediterranean Sea) to the port of Baku and back. To date, 26,689 TEU containers have been transported by the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway. Last year BTK transported 11,748 TEU containers. In Q1, 2021, there was an increase of 83% in the number of transported containers compared to the same period in 2020. In the same period, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) Railway Line transported 154,000 tons (2,468 wagons), compared with 78,000 tons in the same period of 2020. The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway line is a regional railway link that will directly connect Kars in Turkey, Tbilisi in Georgia and Baku in Azerbaijan. It is also planned to European cargo to Azerbaijan via Turkey’s ports of the Black and Mediterranean seas by the TURKUAZ trains. The containers brought by the TURKUAZ container express train will be delivered to warehouses of A+ category built in Azerbaijen’s Absheron Logistics Center. Port of Baku Turnover from trade at the Port of Baku in the Caspian Sea, the first “Green Port” among 26 ports in Europe to receive such status, increased 20% in 2020. It accommodated most of 2020’s surge, along with transcontinental transport and trade across Eurasia. The throughput of large vehicles (TIRs) and containers in that year was a 30-year record. In 2020, the number of trucks processed by the port increased by 28%, container exports by 15% and the volume of cargo transported through the dry cargo terminal by 280%. Compared to the last five years, there has been a five-fold increase in truck cargo, three times as many containers, and an increase of three and a half times the volume of cargo handled at the dry cargo terminal in the Port of Baku. Azerbaijan also plans to build a grain terminal, taking into account the large grain exports from Kazakhstan. Read PortSEurope: Port of Baku starts the construction of a strategic fertiliser terminal – June 9, 2021 A new “geography” of transcontinental transport and trade is forming across Eurasia, as, in 2020, the “EU-China Express” freight trains reached a landmark transit of the equivalent of half a million TEU containers, an increase of 65% over 2019. By taking advantage of new opportunities, once communications have opened within the region, it will be possible to reach both the Persian Gulf and Russia through Azerbaijan. China’s Belt and Road Initiative (new Silk Road) and Turkey’s Middle Corridor project are being complemented by Azerbaijan’s efforts to increase its transit transport facilities. The Port of Baku total cargo handled in 2020 was 4.85 million tonnes, compared to 4.057 million tonnes in 2019, an increase of around 20%. This was achieved despite the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis. Elmar Habibli, Head of the Press Service of the Port of Baku, said that the port is operating normally and that cargo handling statistics in 2021 are forecast to exceed 2020 numbers. The port has a terminal with the capacity to handle 100,000 TEU containers per year. Last year, 40,345 TEU containers were handled at the port’s terminal, an increase of 15% compared to the previous year’s figures. Through two Ro-Ro bridges, 43.2 million TIR passed through the port last year, which is 28% more than in 2019. 65% of these TIRs were transported in the direction of Baku-Turkmenistan-Baku and 35% in the direction of Baku-Astana-Baku. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.