Turkey became a full-fledged member of the Trans-Caspian route


Turkey’s state railway company TCDD Tașımacılık has become a full-fledged member of the International Association “Trans-Caspian International Transport Route” (TITR).

The accession of TCDD Tașımacılık to the TITR will enhance the transport corridor. The TITR participant companies are planning to utilize the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway for delivering goods from China to Europe. Kazakh containerized grain is actively transported by this route to Turkish ports already now.

The TITR participants have agreed on container freight rates for delivery from the Chinese-Kazakh border (station of Altynkol) toward Europe. The cost of transporting a 20-foot container from Altynkol to Istanbul equals USD 2301, while it is USD 3602 for delivery to Chop (Ukraine’s border with Hungary and Slovakia) and USD 3631 to Slawkow (Poland). The respective freight rates for a 40-foot container will be USD 3474 to Istanbul, USD 5845 to Chop, and USD 5949 to Slawkow.

In April 2017, the Ukrainian Railways stated its willingness to join the TITR. The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine supported this initiative as late as January 2018, reports UkrAgroConsult.




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