Tashkent, Feb. 19, 2018 / Kabar /. The first highway convoy with export cargo on new transport corridor Tashkent-Andijan-Osh-Irkeshtam-Kashgar will leave on Feb.25, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan reported.
The products of exporters of Uzbekistan and neighboring countries will be delivered by trucking facilicites of Silk Road International, established on Feb. 5. Upon arrival in Kashgar, the column will depart on the return route with imported products already.
About 100 thousand tons of export-import cargoes are planned to be transported along the new corridor by the end of this year. There are applications for the transportation of goods for three months in advance already in the amount of 27 thousand tons. These are products of textile, leather and agricultural industries, as well as imported products of electrical industry, engineering and other goods.
For cargo shippers and cargo receivers of Uzbekistan in Andijan region, a multimodal transport and logistics center has been built on the terminal of the station Akhtachi allowing cargo to be transported from all regions of the country to Andijan by rail and then to China by trucking facilicites.
The activation of the new Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan-China railway construction will make it possible to reduce the distance in comparison with the existing corridors by almost 1,000 km.
A pilot car rally along the route with the participation of trucks from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China was organized back from Oct. 30 to Nov.3, 2017. The distance of a total length of 920 km was overcome in 31 hours.
The average speed of the convoy was about 50-60 km per 1hour. The time of the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border (the post Dustlik) took about 1.5 hours and the Kyrgyz-Chinese border (Irkeshtam) - about 2 hours.