An online meeting called “Activation of the International North-South Transport Corridor: The role of Azerbaijan” was held.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Economy of Azerbaijan, the Indian Chamber of Commerce, the Indian Embassy to Azerbaijan, the Indian Freight Forwarders Association, Azerbaijan Railways CJSC’s subsidiaries ADY Container and ADY Express, India’s CONCOR and Port of Baku.
It was noted at the webinar that the International North-South Transport Corridor part from Russia to India will have a special impact on the volume of international freight traffic. Infrastructure projects and measures taken to attract freight in the countries along the corridor were discussed.
Director of ADY Container LLC, Natig Jafarov, gave detailed information about the transport corridors passing through Azerbaijan, including the opportunities of the International North-South Transport Corridor. He noted ADY Container’s role in the first container block train operation, which departed from Helsinki, Finland heading to the Indian port of Nava Sheva. He noted that the train is expected to reach the destination in 22-23 days and the route can be considered as an alternative to the Suez Canal.
Thus, compared to sea routes, this route significantly reduces the transit time from Northern Europe to India and vice versa.
Natig Jafarov also noted that the containers on the first block train moving along the corridor were transported by railway platforms belonging to ADY Container, which were sent to Finland in advance. The organization of long-distance transcontinental block trains is one of the main goals of ADY Container LLC, the exact reason for sending ADY Container platforms to Finland – he stressed.
The webinar participants noted extra proposals to activate the Corridor.