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Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan to discuss possible container train service between capital cities

Economy 22.03.2019 | 19:27

MINSK, 22 March (BelTA) – Belarus, Georgia, and Azerbaijan will consider the possibility of arranging container transportation by rail along the line Tbilisi-Baku-Minsk. The decision was made at the fifth session of the Belarus-Georgia intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation, the press service of the Belarusian Transport and Communications Ministry told BelTA.

The session took place in Georgia on 19-22 March. Belarusian Deputy Transport and Communications Minister Aleksei Lyakhnovich took part in the commission's work.

The sides decided to arrange a one-time direct delivery of freight by sea. Georgia together with Azerbaijan and Belarus will also consider arranging container transportation by rail along the line Tbilisi-Baku-Minsk taking into account container transportation between Tbilisi and Baku.

Positive trends in Belarus-Georgia freight transportation were mentioned. In 2018 the total traffic amounted to 94,000 tonnes, 10.6% up from 2017. Foreign trade in transport services rose by 27.6% to $16.4 million. Export of services rose by 25.9% to $12.5 million, with import up by 33.2% to $3.9 million.

At the same time the sides underlined the importance of further expansion of bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation in the area of transport and logistics.

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