Cargo transportation between the ports of Atyrau and Astrakhan may resume
The issue of resuming bilateral traffic between the ports of Atyrau and the Russian ports of Astrakhan and Volgograd is being worked out, ATPress.kz reports with the reference to inform.kz
This was stated by Berik Kamaliev, the Vice Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan during the plenary session of the Senate of the Parliament last week. According to him, it is planned to export fodder shells and import consumer goods in this way. He noted that by 2025 it is projected to bring the volume of river traffic in this direction to 1.5 million tons. Earlier it was reported that the Senate had ratified an agreement that simplifies the movement of Kazakh ships in the internal waters of the Russian Federation.
During the plenary session, Berik Kamaliev presented the document "Agreement on Shipping" signed between the member countries of the Eurasian Economic Union. As the vice minister noted, the main provisions of the agreement on shipping are aimed at simplifying the permitting procedure for the transit passage of ships on the inland waterways of the parties.
He said that, in particular, the agreement determined the period for consideration of the application for a transit passage - 10 days. The authorization will be issued by an authorized body - the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation. And he clarified that of all the countries participating in the agreement, only Russia has inland waterways, along which transit navigation of ships is possible. Currently, a permit for a transit passage is issued by the government of the Russian Federation and it takes three to six months to obtain it.
Today, cargoes from ports on the Black Sea to the Kazakh ports of Aktau, Kuryk, Bautino, Atyrau are delivered in transit through the Volga-Don shipping channel. Since only Kazakhstani companies will have the opportunity to simplify the procedure for passage through the inland waterways of Russia, at present the Caspian countries Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan, which are not members of the Eurasian Union, are showing interest in using Kazakhstani carriers (Kazmortransflot, OMS shipping) for the transportation of goods from ports in the Caspian to ports on the Black Sea.
“The transit potential of our ports Aktau and Kuryk along the Transcaspian international transport route is increasing,” Berik Kamaliev explained.
He also said that after the adoption of the agreement, it is possible to increase the transit traffic through the waterways of Russia to 250-300 thousand tons of cargo per year by 2025. The agreement also provides for the transfer of bilateral transport to a notification procedure. It was noted that every year, by April 1, the authorized bodies will agree on preliminary lists of ships that will carry out bilateral transportation. If necessary, these lists can be corrected during the year.
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