The official ceremony of launch of the first train via the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan multimodal corridor was held on June 5 in Lanzhou, Gansu province of China, Uzbekiston temir yullari Joint Stock Company said in its Saturday press release.
The train of 25 large-tonnage containers will run through Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to Mary station in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan’s national railway company said.
The main operators of the train are the Chinese logistics company JST Logistics Corporation LTD and the freight forwarding company UZBEKTEMIRYULEKSPEDITSIYA UE.
The Uzbek-Chinese joint venture Silk Road International LLC will handle road transportation of containers from the train station in China’s Kashgar to the train station in Kyrgyzstan’s Osh.
This is the result of the active work of Uzbekistan Railways JSC to expand the geography of cargo transportation, the railway company said. The deals were signed with major logistical companies and operators to secure competitive tariffs for transportation of container block trains along the multimodal transport corridor to China, Turkey, Europe, Russian and Baltic ports.
According to China based CGTN media outlet, the new corridor is 4,380 km long. It is 295 km shorter than the route through Kazakhstan’s Khorgos. The entire journey from Lanzhou to Tashkent will take 7-10 days, saving about 5 days compared to other transport methods.