According to estimations, the container traffic on the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR) is expected to reach 60 thousand containers TEUs, from more than 15,000 TEUs. The TITR 2019 transport plan is strongly focused on the increasing container transport services. In order to develop and enhance the customer service of container traffic on the section of Aktau – Baku (Alyat) – Aktau, regular feeder container service will operate.
In addition, for 2019, the TITR parties adjusted the tariff rates for transport services of different types of cargo and considered joint measures with a single transport operator of Middle Corridor, the International Trans-Caspian Transport Consortium (ITTC), that will further improve transport technology thus, attracting new cargo volumes to the TITR. The consortium was established in 2016 and includes KTZ Express, ADY Express, ADY Container, GR Logistics & Terminals and Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company. The consortium is responsible for the development of logistics products with a high degree of customer orientation, for the organization and monitoring of container transport services on the route, for the establishment of cooperation agreements with foreign partners.
In the first 9 months of 2018, container transport on TITR increased by 60% compared to the similar period of 2017. Also, last year, Turkish State Railways, TCDD Taşımacılık, and Grampet Group the largest Romanian private railway freight operator, and one of the largest operators in South-East Europe, signed an agreement as an associate member.
The Trans-Caspian International Transport Route starts from Southeast Asia and China, through Kazakhstan, the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, Georgia and further to European countries.
The container traffic on this East – West transport connection, on China-Caucasus-Turkey route, is expected to increase from 180 thousand TEUs in 2019 to 300 thousand TEUs in 2020, thus enabling the development of container transport on TITR.