A delegation from the Vietnam Railway Corporation (VRC), led by Deputy General Director Phan Quoc Anh, visited Kazakhstan recently, the Khorgos economic free zone, and Altynkol train station on the Kazakh-Chinese border. informed vneconomictimes.com
Mr. Anh said he highly regarded the important role of Khorgos and the railway station at the border. “This trade route has great potential and is a connection between Southeast Asia and Europe,” he said.
He believes that ASEAN countries can link freight routes to Europe via Khorgos. “Vietnam has officially signed a free trade agreement with Eurasian Economic Union countries, which will facilitate Vietnamese goods going to Eastern and Western European countries,” he said.
“This year, Vietnam will see the first cargo shipment to Kazakhstan and Central Asia and Europe through Khorgos. At the same time, we plan to transport wheat and other Kazakh commodities by rail directly to Hanoi, not through the seaport in Lianyungang city in China.”
“We are very interested in Vietnam and we especially prefer container trains,” President of National Company Kazakhstan, Temir Zholy Amanzhol Ibragimov told the Vietnamese guests informed vneconomictimes.com
As a warning, on February 20, Kazakhstan, Vietnam railway administrations agreed to develop coop in transport sector. The meeting was attended by representatives of legal entities of the Association of exporters of agricultural products of Kazakhstan and JSC NC Food Corporation. Recall that in the framework of the Agreement on free trade zone between the EAEU and Vietnam envisaged an increase in volumes of foreign trade from 4 billion to 10 billion dollars by 2020, which will be an indicator of increase in volumes of import and export cargoes in the future.
The Kazakh side informed about the first pilot transportation of grain through the Kazakh-Chinese container terminal in the port of Lianyungang to the port of Ho Chi Minh city.
The talks also discussed the organization of transportation of Kazakhstani products to Vietnam, and tropical and seafood products from Vietnam to Kazakhstan.
In my opinion, cargo supplies will increase in the supply of agricultural products that have a positive impact on the growth of cargo traffic between Kazakhstan and Vietnam. One the other hand, firstly it will great helpful for Vietnam. Because, being situated between Europe and Asia, Kazakhstan boasts of a great transit potential, as there is no other alternatives for Asian states to link to Russia and Europe.