Freight Trains Depart From Turkey For Russia, China

ANKARA, The first block export freight train from Turkey to Russia, and a new Turkey-China export train, departed yesterday from Turkey’s capital, Ankara.

“Following the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line, and successful completion of export railway services, through the central hallway between Turkey and China in Dec, we are happy to send our first block export train from Ankara to Moscow,” Turkish Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Adil Karaismailoglu said at the ceremony.

The train, en route to Moscow, carries major appliances on 15 wagons and 15 containers for the 4,650-km distance, the minister said.

The train bound for China is carrying 1,000 tonnes of the mineral boron, in 42 containers, via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, Karaismailoglu noted.

The project, which aims for a massive transportation network linking Asia, Europe and the Middle East, is a very important project for Turkey and a very important opportunity, he said.

The transit time between Turkey and China decreased to 12 days from 30 days, thanks to this project, the minister added.

Turkey sent its first export train to China on Dec 19, 2020.