Turkey to complete Kars logistics center in 2018

As part of Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, Turkey will open next year its logistics center that currently is being built in Kars. The project cost is estimated at about TRY 94.3 million (USD 26.6 million). The facility is constructed on the land plot of 300,000 square meters. According to the Ministry of Transport 16 km of railway line will be built within the logistics center which will be connected to the Kars-Erzurum railway.
The agreement on creation of the logistics center was signed in July 2017 during the visit of the Head of Azerbaijan Railways Javid Gurbanov to the Kars Province.
In April, Minister of Transport Ahmet Arslan laid the foundation of the Kars Logistics Center with a groundbreaking ceremony.
The logistics center will handle 412,000 tons of cargo per year.
The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway is a new corridor that connects Azerbaijan, Georgian and Turkish through a 838.6 km railway line which is to be launched this October.
In July, the first test train with passengers on Baku-Tbilisi-Kars, from Turkey to Georgia was conducted using the completed railway line. The trip, which lasted about 3 hours, ended in the station located in Akhalkalaki, near Georgia.
According to the estimation, 6.5 million tonnes of freight and one million passengers is the initial capacity of the line. Within the next year, from its operation, the capacity will be increased to 3 million passengers and 17 million tonnes of cargo.