Arkas launches the first freight train from Turkey to follow the iron silk road

Arkas launches the first freight train from Turkey to follow the iron silk road.

The first freight train from Turkey to operate on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad line, which connects Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan and was launched with a ceremony in Baku on 30th October, set off from the Yenice Train Station in Mersin, Turkey on Tuesday, 28th of November 2017. Mersin Governor Ali İhsan Su, Arkas Logistics General Manager Onur Göçmez, TCDD Taşımacılık A.Ş. General Manager Veysi Kurt, along with other TCDD officials, IKAU Founder and CEO Kamal Huseynov and Kazakhstan Railways multimodal Transport Manager Nurzhan Alpyspekov were present at the launch ceremony.

Arkas Logistics General Manager Onur Göçmez said; “Arkas Logistics is proud and happy to be the loader of the first trin to set off from Turkey. This is only the beginning. The traffic on this route is very important for Turkey, as well as for the rest of the world. Therefore Arkas logistics will do its part in the best way possible. The location of the Yenice Train Station has strategic significance for us. As Arkas Holding, we own 600.000 sq m area next to the Yenice Station and Arkas Logistics have started to provide terminal services in 20.000 sq m of this area. This investment has already come to fruition. The corridor will expand even more and yield greater results as the traffic increases with the grain and cereal products coming in from Asia and convenience foods and construction materials going out.

TCDD Taşımacılık A.Ş. General Manager Veysi Kurt also took the stage, remarking “The backbone of the Silk Road, an important corridor between Turkey, China, and Europe, The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad service was launched with the participation of our President on 30th October. After the first freight train of the service arrived Mersin, we are here today for the first export freight train to set off from our country to Azerbaijan. We wish this will be harbinger of other welcome developments”
Having spoken at the ceremony, Mersin governor Ali İhsan Su said; “I believe that the trade between these countries will increasingly grow and become swift. Such services are of critical importance for the development of our country.”

Arkas Logistics, having undertaken the first freight transport operation on this railroad line, reffered to as “Silk Railroad”, provided door-to-door services throughout the transport operation. The company, which also carried out the stuffing of the containers at its complex in Mersin, transported and delivered as far as to Baku and askhabat. The containers filled with soy residue as well as filling material, will be transferred at the Akhalkalaki station in Georgia from Turkish railcars to Azerbaijani ones. The train arrived Azerbaijan (Baku) in four days and Turkmenistan (Askhabat) in five.