Kazakhstan Railways ( KTZ) has put into operation thedry port in the Khorgos-East Gates free economic zone on the Kazakh-Chinese border. The cost of the project is 74 billion tenge (EUR 347 million). In the near future the dry port’s cargo handling capacity is expected to exceed 200,000 containers, KTZ said.
The dry port opens huge prospects for transit of cargo through Kazakhstan.
“It is a long-awaited huge project implemented jointly with China by agreement between the heads of our two states. We pin big hopes on this port for increasing the trade turnover between our countries and connecting China to the Caspian Sea. Khorgos will be further developing as an inter-state center, and I think that a large Kazakh city will appear there in the near future,” President Nazarbayev said during a teleconference.
The Khorgos-East Gates free economic zone together with Zhetygen-Khorgos and Zhezgazgan-Beineu railway lines, the Western Europe-Western China motor road corridor, and the port of Aktau on the Caspian coast represent a huge logistics and distribution center and provide for Kazakhstan’s further integration into international trade and transportation, KTZ said.