Turkey's International Logistics Power BTK Railway Line Completes Its 4th Year

Turkey's International Logistics Power BTK Railway Line Completed Its 4th Year
Turkey's International Logistics Power BTK Railway Line Completed Its 4th Year

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu said that Turkey's international logistics power, BTK Railway Line, completed its 30th year as of October 4th.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu stated that 1 million 360 thousand tons of cargo has been transported from the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) Railway Line, one of the most important links of the Middle Corridor, and the target is 3,2 million tons per year in the medium term.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu said that Turkey's international logistics power, BTK Railway Line, completed its 30th year as of October 4th.

Providing information on the line, Karaismailoğlu said: “BTK Railway Line was put into operation on October 30, 2017 by the cooperation of Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan, by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and the managers of the countries in the region. With a total length of 829 kilometers, 504 kilometers are located in Azerbaijan, 246 kilometers in Georgia and 79 kilometers in Turkey. said.

Emphasizing that the line, which provides an advantageous location for Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan in international transportation, also constitutes an important link in the Middle Corridor, Karaismailoğlu said: “The line, together with Marmaray, allows uninterrupted railway transportation between China and Europe. The safe and economical transportation model that railway transportation will bring contributes to the increase and enrichment of the trade volumes of the countries in the Eurasian Region. It is aimed to transport 3,2 million tons of cargo in the medium term and 6,5 million tons in the long term from the line. TCDD Tasimacilik carries out freight transportation by block trains to Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China over the BTK Railway Line, which has completed its 30th year as of October 4.

“Expanding Area of ​​Influence with International Collaborations”

Reminding that the first commercial transportation with the BTK Railway started on October 30, 2017, at a distance of 4 thousand 700 kilometers on the Kazakhstan-Turkey line, Karaismailoğlu said: “Construction materials on the railway line from Turkey to Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and China, While iron ore, manganese, borax, white goods, foodstuffs, cleaning products, marble, MDF, soybean meal, fresh vegetables and fruits are sent to our country, grain, grain, feed, walnut, silicon, paper, rolled sheet, copper cathode, zinc, fertilizer , chemical products, electronic goods are transported. The transportation figures, which reached a total gross load of 31 million 1 thousand tons as of 360 October using the BTK Railway Line, are increasing rapidly thanks to the international importance of the region.” made its assessment.

Karaismailoğlu pointed out that the area of ​​influence of the BTK Railway Line has expanded further with the membership of Turkey's leading railway operator TCDD Taşımacılık AŞ to the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route Association (TITR) on February 15, 2018. He stated that he has been authorized to transport by rail in a simplified manner in common and national transit regimes in line with the provisions of the Common Transit Agreement and the Customs Law, which he has been involved in since.

Emphasizing that the system, which enables the border crossing operations of 50 train of approximately 1 containers to be carried out between 15 and 20 minutes without going to the customs administration, with electronic integration, brings speed and efficiency in trade, Karaismailoğlu said that the first export block container train loaded with white goods from Turkey to Moscow, the capital of Russia, is 29. He reminded that he was sent off at a ceremony held in Ankara in January.

“The Travel Time on the China-Turkey Line is Expected to be Reduced to 10 Days”

Stating that Marmaray, the Project of the Century, is one of the important pillars not only of passenger transportation but also of freight transportation, Karaismailoğlu said: “With Marmaray, which supports the BTK Railway Line over the Middle Corridor, from the beginning of 2020 (except for dangerous goods transports), freight trains, Asian and Asian destinations. The transition between Europe is carried out. Since April 17, 2020, when freight trains started to pass through Marmaray, a total of 688 freight trains, 613 to Europe and 1301 to Asia, have passed. Approximately 1,1 million tons of cargo, most of which is international, was transported through Marmaray. Regular block container train transports started on the China-Turkey-Europe route via the Middle Corridor and BTK Iron Silk Road continue without slowing down. On the Turkey-China line, block train container shipments continue from different points of our country.”

Karaismailoğlu, who informed that the target of block container trains that continue their regular voyages over the Middle Corridor and BTK Railway Line on the China-Turkey line is to operate 100 block trains per year in the short term and 200 block trains per year in the medium term, and 1500 block trains per year from the Middle Corridor and BTK route in the long term. It is expected that the total cruise time between China and Turkey will be reduced to 10 days.

Karaismailoğlu stated that in order to strengthen the logistics power in the international arena, it is aimed to increase the rail freight transportation on the China-Turkey-Europe line via BTK Railway and Trans-Caspian International Transport Route, and to use this road for export transportation from Turkey to China. he added.

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