Azerbaijan's cargo transportation via TRACECA hit 32.7m tons in Jan-Oct

18 December 2020 12:13 (UTC+04:00)

By Ayya Lmahamad

The volume of cargo transportation in the Azerbaijani section of the transport corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia (TRACECA) amounted to 32.7 million tons in January-October 2020, Azertag has reported.

During the reported period, 17.9 million tons or 54.9 percent of the cargo transportation was carried out by automobiles, 10.6 million tons or 32.4 percent by rail and 4.1 million tons or 12.7 percent by sea.

Moreover, the share of transit cargoes in the total volume of freight traffic along TRACECA corridor amounted to 6.8 million tons or 20.8 percent during the reported period.

Established in 1993, TRACECA is an international transport programme involving the European Union and 12 member states of the Eastern European, Caucasian and Central Asia region (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan).

The programme aims to provide assistance to restore the transport infrastructure of the newly- independent states of the South Caucasus and Central Asia, create a shortest transport corridor connecting Europe and Asia and thereby integrate the region into the West.

Thus, the Europe-Caucasus-Asia transport corridor connects Frankfurt (Germany) with Shanghai (China).

In 2019, TRACECA transported 52.8 million tonnes of cargo through Azerbaijan, including 8.8 million tonnes or 15.3 percent of transit cargo.

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