Denmark launches new route to transport goods from China to Europe via Azerbaijan

Danish transport and logistics group Maersk has launched an updated rail service that connects China and Europe, reports Azernews.

The freight will be transported via Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Romania, and it will take about 40 days to deliver the rail freight to its destinations.

After crossing the Khorgos border between China and Kazakhstan, the containers arrive by rail at a station in Aktau where they are loaded onto a barge bound for Baku in Azerbaijan. From there, the containers are transported by rail to the APM terminals in Poti, Georgia, where they are loaded onto a supply vessel bound for Constanta, Romania. Then the cargo is transported by rail to various destinations across European countries.

Maersk started developing this new route in March and already in April had the first departure from China serving customers in the lifestyle, automotive and home appliance industries.

As a reminder, on May 10, Finland’s largest freight operator Nurminen Logistics announced the launch of the first container route from China bypassing Russia. The route starts in China and passes through Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Romania to Central Europe. The company built the route in two months from scratch in cooperation with Kazakh Railways.

In addition, Nurminen Logistics earlier announced its intention to develop the Trans-Caspian international transport route and on March 16 signed a commercial use agreement with the Kazakh State Railways.

On April 13, China also launched a rail route to Germany, allowing trains to bypass Russia. The route crosses the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea by rail and sea, passing through Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

The question of logistics today is not only an economic question but even more geopolitical. Against the background of recent world events, the Trans-Caspian route, which combines rail and sea transport, perfectly meets the needs of modern transport chains.

Nowadays, transport routes through the South Caucasus are becoming more and more popular as more and more countries look for ways to bypass Russia. In this context, the role of Azerbaijan as a regional transport hub is irreplaceable, as different transport routes, such as Baku-Tbilisi-Kars, the North-South corridor, the Trans-Caspian international transport route and the new silk road, pass through Azerbaijan.

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