KTZ and Yuxinou (Chongqing) signed cooperation agreement for further development of transport services along the TITR
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Kazakhstan’s KTZ Express JSC and China’s Yuxinou have signed an agreement to operate 200 container trains with a total capacity of over 20,000 TEU across Kazakhstan, including along the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR), Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ), the national railway operator, said in a press release.

“We have established in-depth cooperation with KTZ in a number of areas, such as the development of new routes, winter transportation of electronic products, parcel shipping, customs simplification and the construction of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Corridor.” Liu Taiping, executive director and general manager of Yuxinou (Chongqing) Supply Chain Management.

According to Liu, the first direct special train from Chongqing to Turkey along the Trans-Caspian routes organised by the two sides was successfully operated on February 21, becoming the second China-Europe freight train through this corridor from Chongqing after Constanta, Romania.

Zhang Qiang, general manager of Chongqing Logistics Group, pointed out that the Yuxinou (Chongqing) operation company was jointly established by four countries and five parties, and KTZ as an important “party” has made a positive contribution to the efficient connection of the Chongqing-Europe international logistics corridor.

KTZ, one of the 15 largest railway companies in the world, is the main operator in the implementation of Kazakhstan’s transport (transit) policy. Deputy CEO for Logistics Yerlan Koishibayev said,  “As a shareholder of Yuxinou (Chongqing) company, as well as the operator and manager of Kazakhstan’s national railway network, we are very concerned about and firmly support the development of the operation company, and we hope to take the signing of this contract as an opportunity to deepen our cooperation with Chongqing, to improve and enhance the service capacity and conditions of the relevant yards along the corridor and to continue to help Yuxinou (Chongqing) to develop the services along the TITR, which will be mutually beneficial for the both sides.”

Since the beginning of 2024, KTZ has reached agreements with transport companies from Xi’an, Jiangsu, Beijing, Zhengzhou and Chongqing to operate 3,500 transit container trains through Kazakhstan, with a total capacity of about 350,000 TEU.

The Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR) is an international transport corridor that runs through China, Kazakhstan, the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and further to Turkey and European countries. The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is part of the corridor. The capacity of TITR is expected to reach 10 million tonnes of cargo per year by 2025.

Yuxinou is the largest transport companies in Chongqing, operating more than 2,500 trains per year in both western and eastern directions.