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Kazakhstan transit goods up 23pc in 2019 valued at US$1.2 billion

TRANSIT of goods through Kazakhstan grew 23 per cent to 664,000 TEU and total transit revenues for Kazakhstan reached more than KZT450 billion (US$1

31 January 2020 - 19:00

TRANSIT of goods through Kazakhstan grew 23 per cent to 664,000 TEU and total transit revenues for Kazakhstan reached more than KZT450 billion (US$1.2 billion) in 2019, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Industrial Development reported.

Among this cargo, the number of containers in the direction of China - Europe - China increased 11 per cent to 347,000 TEU, reported the Ashtana Times.



Some 17.5 million tonnes of goods transited through Kazakhstan in 2019. Of that, 75.6 per cent or 11.5 million tonnes were in route to Central Asian countries. In particular, cargo to Uzbekistan totalled 7.1 million tonnes, to Kyrgyzstan 2.26 million tonnes, to Tajikistan 1.2 million tonnes and to Afghanistan 0.26 million tonnes.



Outside of Central Asia, cargo to Russia accounted for 2.8 per cent, China 13.8 per cent and European Union countries 7.1 per cent.



Specific types of cargo transported through Kazakhstan via railway include oil at 18.5 per cent, ferrous metals at 10.7 per cent, chemicals and soda at 6.8 per cent, chemical and mineral fertilisers 2.2 per cent, grain at 1.7 per cent and other types of cargo totalling 55.6 per cent.



The volume of transit goods transported via roads amounted to 1.93 million tonnes. The main directions of the road transit were as follows: from China to the countries of the European Union at 14,000 tonnes, to Central Asian countries 779,000 tonnes and to Russia 61,700 tonnes of cargo.



Cargo originating in Central Asian nations included 106,500 tonnes to the European Union, 396,000 tonnes to Russia and 5,400 tonnes to China. Some 9,700 tonnes of cargo were delivered from Russia to the countries of Central Asia, 567,000 tonnes from the countries of the European Union to Central Asia and 2,700 tonnes of cargo to China.



Goods transported via road consisted primarily of automobiles and equipment. Of that, electronic equipment accounted for 20.1 per cent of transit, plant products 17.3 per cent, consumer goods 15 per cent, raw materials, fabrics and textile materials 11.5 per cent and other goods 8.6 per cent.


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