Kazakhstan to establish new transport and logistics cluster
A large transport and logistics cluster will be created at Kazakhstan’s Aktau and Kuryk ports. The Ministry of Transport is currently working out a comprehensive plan for a project, which will allow to increase container capacity and develop cargo transshipment terminals. The Sarzha multifunctional marine terminal at the Kuryk port can play a major role in its implementation. While still under construction, the terminal has already received the first cargo this year. It is expected to be fully operational in 2025 and increase the throughput capacity of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route, also called the Middle Corridor, by 10 million tonnes annually within five years. Experts believe that the Kuryk port is well-positioned to become an important link in reconfiguring the chain of transport and logistics routes.
“Given the current geopolitical situation, the closest access to open water is the Middle Corridor, which offers a route for Kazakhstan to export goods to the Caucasian hub, connecting through Azerbaijan and Georgia to the Black Sea. The access to the latter allows global logistics operations. The Kuryk port is one of the key links along the route. We can see a significant increase in freight transportation year after year. So, for example, last year we doubled our volumes. We will add another 15-20 percent at the end of the year,” said Serik Akhmetov, director-general of the Kuryk port.
Additionally, it is planned to increase cargo traffic along the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route fivefold by 2030. Thus, the potential traffic volume will be increased to 20 million tonnes. Seaports Baku/Alyat, Batumi, Poti, Aktau, and Kuryk are capable of redirecting about seven million tonnes of cargo to this route.