BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 2. Uzbek company Orient Logistics, part of one of Uzbekistan’s largest diversified holding companies, Orient Group Management, is potentially considering cooperation with ports in Azerbaijan to establish cross-modal transport, Svetlana Kondakova, head of logistics, Orient Group Management, Managing Director Orient Logistics told Trend.
Kondakova noted that Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan are already cooperating in the field of logistics as there are rail and road transport corridors connecting the countries.
“Unfortunately, we are currently seeing a slight drop in freight turnover, which is however lower than our initial forecast. In fact, we have had to deal with a drop of up to 15% in the direction of the south. Basically , the increase in the cost of logistics services contributed to the lower volumes,” she said.
Commenting on the issue of transportation of goods through the territory of Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan with subsequent delivery to China, Kondakova noted that with the possible joining of Kyrgyzstan to the route, the time of cargo delivery, 20-25%.
“Negotiations are underway in this regard and agreements have already been reached between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan on the development of this road. If the project is implemented, the necessary infrastructure will have to be built by the Kyrgyz side, since Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan already have theirs built,” she says.
Commenting on the issue of cooperation with Azerbaijan, Kondakova noted that currently, unfortunately, the company does not have major agreements with Azerbaijani companies.
“However, we will soon start to dig deeper into this issue. We also plan to discuss cooperation with the ports of Azerbaijan in order to be able to offer cross-modal transport services to our customers. Maybe someone will see a logistical advantage, especially for access to Europe,” she concluded.
Founded in 2014, Orient Logistics offers a range of warehousing and terminal handling (dry port) services by inbound road and rail. The capacity of the Company’s terminals is 330,000 TEUs per year.
The Orient Group of Companies is one of the largest private investors in Uzbekistan. The group brings together many companies and projects in various sectors of the economy: it is a leader in the development, logistics and textile industries.