New transport corridor enhances regional cooperation between China and Central Asia

New transport corridor enhances regional cooperation between China and Central Asia

A cargo truck exits from Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, enters Kyrgyzstan via the Irkashtan port, then winds along the Aray valley, and enters Uzbekistan via the city of Osh in the south of Kyrgyzstan … This route from Kashgar to the Ukrainian capital The total length of Tashkent’s highway is more than 950 kilometers, and it has become an important highway transportation channel from the Tarim Basin in China to the Amu Darya in Central Asia.

“The newly opened Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan-China transportation corridor has greatly promoted the transportation of the three countries and created favorable conditions for regional cooperation between Central Asia and China.” Azimbo, deputy general manager of the Sino-Ukraine joint venture Silk Road International Transport Company Yev said that in the past, Sino-Ukrainian goods had to be transited in Kyrgyzstan. It usually took 8 to 10 days to reach the other country. Now it takes only 2 days to take the new transport corridor.

In order to promote the integration of the “Belt and Road” initiative with the national and national development strategies of Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine in the field of transportation, at the end of October 2017, China, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan jointly held a trial operation of international road freight transport between China and Kyrgyzstan. This month, this international road freight was officially launched.

Among various modes of transportation, short-distance cross-border road transportation has become a popular transportation option for international import and export enterprises due to its fast speed and variety of goods that can be loaded. Azimboyev said that the transportation corridor has been used since the company was founded. At present, the company is equipped with various modern vehicles with a weight of 26 tons per vehicle, which is fully suitable for short-distance cross-border transportation needs. The company’s cargoes exported to China mainly include cotton yarns and agricultural products; the cargoes imported from China mainly include production and processing equipment, parts and components, and household appliances.

Uzbekistan’s director of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Non-governmental Diplomatic Center Nazarov said that Uzbekistan is located in the center of Central Asia and needs to cross two countries to reach the estuary. The docking of the “Belt and Road” initiative is fully in line with the priority development direction of the Uzbek country. Carrying out international multimodal transport in the countries along the route will make the regional transport corridors more efficient and allow Ukrainian products to enter the international market more quickly.

Thanks to the improvement of transportation infrastructure, bilateral trade between China and Ukraine has grown rapidly in recent years. In 2018, China-Ukraine bilateral trade volume reached 6.26 billion US dollars, an increase of 48.4% over the previous year. China is the largest trading partner of Ukraine.

Azmboyev said that the Uzbek government has prioritized export promotion as a priority in its foreign economic policy. The Sino-Giwu transport corridor provides a good opportunity for Uzbek’s economic development and will continue to attract other countries to join this transport channel.

Today, more and more Uzbekistan companies hope to accelerate their development with the help of China’s huge consumer market. Since last year, Uganda agricultural products such as cherries and mung beans have entered the Chinese market for the first time and are welcomed by Chinese consumers. Azimboyev said that in the future, the company will invest in the development of cold chain logistics and transport more Ukrainian agricultural products to China through this transportation channel.

In June this year, the General Administration of Customs of China formally implemented the International Road Transport Convention, injecting new impetus for China’s further opening up, especially for the inland regions’ deep integration into the “Belt and Road” cooperation and the strengthening of economic and trade exchanges with neighboring countries. The International Road Transport Convention aims to improve transportation efficiency and save transportation costs. It is by far the only universal customs transit system in the world.

Zhou Yan, chief representative of the East Asia and Southeast Asia Representative Office of the International Road Transport Alliance, said that the opening of the Zhongjiwu International Road is a microcosm of the implementation of the “Belt and Road” initiative in Central Asia. Transportation efficiency. As a new trade channel connecting Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, the China-Giwu International Road will further serve the China-Central Asia-West Asia International Transport Corridor and promote economic and trade exchanges between the countries along the route.

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