Almaty-Lianyungang freight train service: A trainload of almost 100 containers pulled out of the logistics terminal in the Chinese sea port of Lianyungang yesterday. Due to arrive in the Kazakh capital of Almatay 12 days later, the train’s departure marked the official launch of a regular container train service transporting commercial freight between the two cities. Although Almatay and Lianyungang are over 2,300 kilometres apart, the new service will provide Kazakh, Central Asian and Western exporters with the shortest route and easiest access to the markets of Asia Pacific and South-East Asia. By the same token, it will give Asian exporters greater access to Central Asia, the Gulf, Russia, the Caucasus and Europe, and is in line with both President Nazarbayev’s Nurly Zhol (Path to the Future) economic strategy and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Silk Road Economic Belt program.
Source: Times of Central Asia