A meeting on the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route held in Istanbul

A meeting of the Working Group on the Development of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR) has started in Istanbul, Turkey.

Members of the Azerbaijani delegation briefed the participants on the attacks of the Armenian Armed Forces against our country since September 27, the provocations that killed innocent civilians.

It was noted that Azerbaijan implements a number of important projects in the region, in which Azerbaijan’s neighboring countries and strategic allies are closely involved, while Armenia is left out of the projects. In this regard, as part of provocation and terrorism, Armenia is also firing on important infrastructure facilities in Azerbaijan. Such terrorist provocations pose a threat to a number of international projects in which Azerbaijan participates, including the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route, as well as to the risk and danger for partner countries and companies participating in these projects. For this reason, it is important to call on Armenia to stop terror against the civilian population and strategic infrastructure, to comply with the requirements of international law, including UN Security Council resolutions.

The meeting focused on the results of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route International Association’s activities for the past 9 month, the results of the transportation plan for the period, the timing of container trains in the East-West direction and the analysis of single and group transportation in the opposite direction. Discussions were held on amendments to the Agreement dated June 25, 2019 on the organization of container traffic in international rail and sea transport with the participation of feeder vessels between the ports of the Caspian Sea (Aktau, Baku-Alat). In addition, a report was delivered on the work done to organize the transportation of containers using feeders from Turkey / Europe to Kazakhstan / Central Asia. The sides exchanged views on the approval of tariff conditions for the transportation of some products along the TITR. The discussions highlighted the need to effectively use the potential of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route and attract freight traffic to this route. The meeting also focused on further increasing the competitiveness of the corridor and overcoming possible difficulties. Representatives of ADY Container LLC, a subsidiary of Azerbaijan Railways, are also taking part in the meeting, which is attended by relevant agencies from Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Poland.