Information published on 16 May 2017 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 548.

Kazakhstan: Japanese business shows interest in the New Silk Way routes

The “Development of transit container trains from Japan to Europe through China and Kazakhstan” Seminar was held on 25 April 2017 in Tokyo. The event was organised by representatives of the logistics block of Kazakhstan Railways National Company with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Japan.

More than hundred representatives of Japanese business community, trade and industrial companies, as well as scientific circles of Japan attended the seminar.

The aim of the seminar was to represent the advantages and prospects of the New Silk Way route, passing through the port of Lianyungang (China), logistics infrastructure of Kazakhstan and further to Europe and in the opposite direction, using regular container service.

A positive assessment of transport development between Japan and Eurasia prospects was given by the administrations of Hakata Port (Japan), SITC International Holdings shipping company, specialised Japanese research centres, Japan Maritime Newspaper, and other logistics companies of the Far East Asia.

The Kazakh-Chinese logistics terminal in the port of Lianyungang is a key point of consolidation of Japanese and Korean cargo on a multimodal high-speed route between the trading point of Eurasia.

The participants also noted the great potential of the Trans-Caspian international transport route, offering transport of cargo to Turkey, Eastern and Southern Europe from the region of the Far East, as well as in the opposite direction.

Working on the logistics chains of supplying Japanese goods to foreign markets, on 26 April 2017, the delegation of Kazakhstan Railways held negotiations with the City of Fukuoka and the Hakata Port Authority (Japan).

The Japanese side expressed a deep interest in arranging such shipments with the use of feeder shipping lines between the ports of Hakata and Lianyungang.

(Source: KTZ)