Russian ports in the Baltic are preparing a new competitor

Until recently, transportation along the Trans-Caspian corridor did not allow us to talk about it as an important transport artery connecting China and Europe. Now the role of this path is becoming increasingly important. So last week has been sent container train from Xi'an to Turkey.

The main beneficiary of the new route is Azerbaijan. During the COVID-19 pandemic, transportation from China to the "Old World" not only failed, but also increased.

The plans of the Azerbaijani authorities include an increase in the volume of delivered goods. To this end, negotiations are underway with the railways of Turkmenistan on the start of regular transport links between Alat and Turkmenbashi. Thus, one more step will be taken to increase the functionality of the Trans-Caspian corridor from China through the territories of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan to European countries.

Emil Akhmedov, the head of the freight transportation department of Azerbaijan Railways CJSC, expressed the opinion that the volume of cargo transportation along this route will grow.

Now it’s already clear that the corridor will compete with the new Silk Road - the Russian-Chinese project for the delivery of goods from China through the territory of the Russian Federation (to Kaliningrad) and further across the Baltic to Europe.
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  1. 123 Online 123
    123 (123) April 20 2020 12: 35
    So what? All trade is built on competition. Everyone is trying to diversify delivery routes. Should we worry about this? Or take offense at the Chinese and demand that they dare not send goods bypassing our territory?
    The Trans-Caspian Corridor will not become a real competitor to the "Russian route". The situation in the countries through which the route goes is too unstable. He will, of course, take over part of the cargo transportation, but its reliability and stability is a huge question.

    ... from China through the territories of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan to European countries.

    Apparently under "European countries" understood Georgia or Iran, and then Turkey? As far as I remember, Azerbaijan does not border Europe.
  2. Alexei Ushakov Offline Alexei Ushakov
    Alexei Ushakov (Alexey Ushakov) April 20 2020 16: 48
    This is not an article, but sucking the "sensation" from the finger). There were about fifty such attempts! "Ukrainian steam locomotive" for 3 years now, it is not clear where it has been surfing with Chinese cargo! The main thing is not Wishlist, but Logistics, but here the realities are harsh! The Northern Railway alone makes more traffic than all Azerbaijanis, Tajiks, etc. Almost all railways in these countries are "single track" with the lowest traffic capacity. It's not a problem to drive one train, no matter where! How about a hundred trains? And if a thousand? Service, sorting, stations. Lock brigade! Depot. Where??? Okay, let it all show up. And then the train came to the Caspian, and then what ??? To Turkey? Fuck! Straight way)))
  3. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
    Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) April 20 2020 18: 33
    Everything rests on the number of ferries for the Caspian.
    In principle, there is a workaround along the railway around the Caspian, through Iran. Only very non-kosher, due to the double change of trolleys.
  4. SASS Offline SASS
    SASS (Sass) April 20 2020 20: 19
    Wait and see ...))
  5. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) April 20 2020 23: 52
    There are a few points.
    1. Estimate the difference in logistics for deliveries, for example, to Germany or the UK through our ports and through the Caspian-Turkey. Especially considering the additional transshipment in the Caspian.
    2. Railways along this path are unlikely to be designed for large flows, and China will not have enough money to develop other railways from China. Yes, yes, do not be surprised. Now the United States will shell China by 10–11 trillion for coronavirus damage and will become very sad in China. Especially considering that Trump will continue to return production to the United States. The Chinese, who have recently become accustomed to a good life, will be unhappy, and the United States is unlikely to have forgotten how to arrange a maydown. Yes, and the Islamists in the Shinjiang Uyghur District do not connect for long. And Russia will certainly express its exceptional concern over the growing tension in the region.
    3. You can use the theme of ecology. The Caspian is a closed reservoir. Excessively increased shipping will cause significant damage (by the way, in fact). Russia and Iran will be against. But China does not have a fleet there. Only Russia has, the rest does not count, a trifle. And Russia can transfer very decent ships through the canal system very quickly there.
  6. Alexander Morgunov (Alexander Morgunov) April 21 2020 07: 22
    Invalid comparison. The Russians sell their own goods, but do not let other people's goods pass through themselves. This is the whole offense of the countries of suppliers of sprat canned food. They were not allowed to collect tips.
  7. T. Henks Offline T. Henks
    T. Henks (Igor) April 21 2020 10: 58
    Congratulations to the new railway workers. Good luck in their endeavors. We have one too, rest his soul, I wanted to bless the whole East with Siberian water. As they say, do not wake a dare ....