Information published on 31 July 2018 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 610.

Kazakhstan’s flour was sent on the new railway route to Afghanistan

The length of the route Kostanay - Bolashak - Serhetabad (Turkmenistan) is more than 3,500 kilometres. As part of the organised train, more than 50 wagons travelled with a cargo weight of 3,300 net tonnes.

“Kazakhstan holds the leading positions in the world for the production of grain. The main task of the railway is to ensure timely and high-quality transportation of agricultural products, including this strategic cargo. The development of transportation along the new route will increase the transit potential of Kazakhstan, reduce turnover and accelerate the return of rolling stock by 2-2.5 times,” said Mukhtar Zhambulov, Deputy General Director for Operations of "KTZ-Freight Transportation” JSC.

Since the beginning of 2018, 4.2 million tonnes of grain have been delivered for export, which is 56% higher than the for the same period in 2017. 1.2 million tonnes of flour have been transported, which is 8% more than in the last year.

Products of Kazakhstan agricultural producers are sent mainly to Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Iran.

(Source: KTZ)