Eastern Black Sea Logistics Center wants to open up to Asia
The Eastern Black Sea Exporters Association (DKİB) wants to get more share from the trade that is expected to be concentrated in the Caucasus, the Middle East and the Far East with the logistics center they want to be established in Trabzon.
DKİB Chairman of the Board Ahmet Hamdi Gürdoğan said that the Eastern Black Sea Region has a strategic position in terms of logistics and foreign trade.
Gürdoğan stated that they want to transform the Eastern Black Sea, the historical Silk Road into a transfer hub between Asia and Europe,
“Today, world trade is concentrated in Asia. In the future, with the mobilization of rich underground resources in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Asia region, world trade will fully intensify in these regions. Developed countries are already positioning themselves according to this situation and are rapidly developing their logistics infrastructures. ”
Turkey also stressed the need to make ready the infrastructure logistics centers Gurdogan, said:
“The calls we made for the Batum-Hopa railway, which we have been trying to implement since 1998, are among these. The Eastern Black Sea serves as a bridge in trade between Asia and Europe. However, the ports in the Eastern Black Sea Region operate at idle capacity due to the lack of railway connections connected to international networks.
We want to get more share from the trade that will intensify in Asia in the coming periods, and therefore to be among the actors that direct this trade. For this purpose, we are working to establish the Hopa-Batum railway network and return the Eastern Black Sea to the historical Silk Road mission and establish a logistics center in our region that will provide regular cargo flow to Asia. ”
- “Eastern Black Sea is logically attractive”
Emphasizing that the Eastern Black Sea has become logistically attractive, Gürdoğan continued as follows: “It is important that the Kazbeği-Verhni Lars border gate, which provides transit to Georgia through Russia, has been opened. In addition to the Adler Port, which is used for freight transport, Sochi Port is also likely to be re-opened to freight traffic after 2014. Due to the fact that it is a transit route to the Asian region, the political uncertainty and risks in the Middle East region, and the negativities that may occur in Iran and the Middle East in the coming years, transit passes to these countries become risky. It is probable that these transitions will be directed from Georgia-Russia over the Eastern Black Sea and Makhachkala on the Caspian coast to Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan by ferry, and this route extends to China and India by land. ”
Noting that a logistic center should be established in the Eastern Black Sea region and the Hopa-Batum railway connection should be implemented quickly, Gürdoğan said:
“Thanks to this center to be established in the Eastern Black Sea region, it is possible to transfer the raw materials from these countries to European countries and the transit of raw materials that will go to European countries. Because the Eastern Black Sea is 975 kilometers from the Caspian Sea by land. It is an important advantage that the region is much closer to Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan than other lines. ”
Ahmet Hamdi Gürdoğan stated the importance of the proximity of the Eastern Black Sea to the Middle East and added: “The transit flow of the Middle East-Europe and the Middle East-Central Asia is possible to be carried out through the logistics center planned to be established in Trabzon. Currently, the Port of Trabzon and the ports in our other regions are of strategic importance for Northern Iraq, where western firms invest a great deal. The opening of the Ovit Tunnel will also make the use of this line more attractive.
Source : www.denizhaber.com.t is