Thursday, 31 October 2019 12:30

Figures: Azerbaijan’s transit role is growing

In the first three quarters of 2019 the cargo carriage volume via the Baku international sea trade port grew by 7.1% vs the same period of last year, and totaled 3 million 2.5 thousand tonnes, Caspian Energy News reports with reference to Baku International Sea Trade Port CJSC.
According to the data, 85.3% of the total volume of supply (2 million 560.3 thousand tonnes) fell to the share of transit shipments.
Over the last year the volume of transshipment of large vehicles (TIR) increased by 64%, up to 24,790 units. Of this total, 18,642 (75.2%) moved in the direction of Baku-Turkmenbashi, while 6,148 (24.8%) headed in the direction of Baku-Kuryk-Baku.
 The number of containers grew by 43.5%, up to 24,305 units (in TEU equivalent). In particular, the number of containers shipped from China grew by 90% and totaled 2,610 units.
 Overfilling of wagons at the ferry terminal rose by 12%, up to 35,510 units. Of this total, 16,039 (45.2%), 19,429 (54.7%) and 42 (0.1%) vehicles drove in the direction of Baku-Kuryk-Baku, Baku-Turkmenbashi and Baku-Aktau-Baku respectively.
34,425 passengers applied for services of the port within 9 months. 

Meanwhile, the cargo carriage volume via the Baku international sea trade port exceeded 1.03 million tonnes in the first quarter of 2019.
“Transit cargoes accounted for over 861 thousand tonnes or 83.1% of the whole freight traffic. In particular, a considerable increase in transportation of containers has been registered. A total of 7,253 containers (in TEU equivalent) was transported via the Baku port during January-March 2019, which is 55.2% higher than the figure from the same period of last year (4,673 units)”, the report says.
Transshipment of wagons via a new ferry terminal located at Alyat terminal reached 13,788 units (a 12.6% growth vs. the same period of last year) over the period under review. Besides, 6, 446 (46.8%), 7,342 (53.2%) wagons moved in the direction of Baku-Turkmenbashi-Baku.
The report also says that the volume of transshipment of large vehicles (TIR) totaled 6,543 units (a 43.5% growth vs. the same period of last year) during the period of January to March of this year. Thus, 5,180 (79.2%) and 1,363 (20.8%) of them were in the direction of Baku-Kuryk-Baku and Baku-Turkmenbashi-Baku respectively.
According to the report, passenger transportation in both directions totaled 8,813 people, which makes a 17.5% increase vs. the same period of last year.
It is noteworthy that a cargo transshipment potential of the Baku port makes 15 million tonnes within the framework of the first stage, including 100,000 containers a year. Seven out of 12 existing berths serve dry cargoes. Two berths serve ferries and two more berths serve the Ro-Ro and Ro-Pax type vessels. One more berth is used for serving tow-ships and support ships of the port.
Located at the strategic intersection of Europe and Asia and close to large markets such as China, Turkey, Iran and Russia, the Baku port plans to become a leading logistics and trace center of Eurasia.

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