Posts tagged ‘Kazakhstan’

9. I.Kabashkin, professor TTI, Latvia as Logistics and Transit Centre.

Transportation sector is becoming one of the most dynamic and fast growing sectors in Latvian economy. And even more, this sector is taking the leading positions in the country’s economic development. Due to the country’s favorable geographic situation, Latvia has already become an important trade partner between West and East South and North.

Latvian transport policy is in full compliance with the European Union’s requirements and the country’s transportation network has become an integral part of the EU Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). Latvia is actively utilizing available EU funds for the improvement of the country’s transport infrastructures.

Today the advantage of geographic position of Latvia has increased dramatically. The border of Latvia is the border of two large unions – European Union and Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia. This fact open new transport and trade opportunities for domestic and international companies first of all through the three large ports in Latvia (Ventspils, Riga, Liepaja) that are all part of TEN-T and seven small ports (Salacgriva, Skulte, Lielupe, Engure, Mersrags, Roja, Pavilosta). The inestimable advantage of major ports is their favourable geographical position, ice-free conditions and excellent  railway connections with Eurasian Economic Community’s  hinterland.

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8. Kamaliyev B.S., Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Kazakhstan. About Cooperation of Kazakhstan and Latvia in the Field of Transport.

Currently the Republic of Kazakhstan keeps active and mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of transport with the countries of the Baltic States, including the Republic of Latvia.

In 2010, cargo turnover between Kazakhstan and Latvia was 37.4 million United States dollars, that is 1.4 times more than in 2009 (26.7 million US dollars), including exports – 13.7 million US dollars, import – 23.7 million US dollars.

In 2010 the volume of transported cargo was 320 657.1 tons, almost 1.5 times more in comparison with the indicators of 2009 (216 700.1 tons), including 93 954.9 in the import transport and 226 702.3 tons in the export transport.

Most cargoes are transported by rail. In 2010 the railway carried 280 845.0 tons and 8 873.4 were carried by road transport.

The main nomenclature of transported cargo is following: iron scrap, products of animal and vegetable origin, products of the chemical industry, fertilizers, cotton, ferrous and non-ferrous metals and items made thereof, oil, wood, etc.

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4. A.Gerasimenko, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus. Cooperation Between Belarus and Latvia in the Transit Area

Belarus remains one of the most important partners of Latvia in the transit area. Belarusian goods take second place in transit of cargo volumes by rail and transshipment in ports. For our country Latvia with its system of railway communication and advanced port infrastructure was, is and will be one of the most important partners in the market of international transport, including the framework of the Eurasian transport corridor.

Two trans-European transport corridors go through the territory of Belarus, their total length is 1520 km. More than one million transit cargo vehicles are passing them annually.

With a view to increase the attractiveness of the Belarusian directions in the development of the European Union’s trade with Asian countries Belarus is actively working on the establishment of a modern logistics infrastructure. It is planned that it will serve the trade flows in the direction from the EU to Russia, Kazakhstan, and China. Great opportunities of transit potential of the Republic of Belarus are opened by its membership in the Customs Union and the ongoing work on the establishment of a single economic space of Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan.

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