3 Nov 2017 18:42

Kazakhstan Temir Zholy transports 6.3 mln tonnes of grain so far this year

ALMATY. Nov 3 (Interfax) - Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) national company has transported 6.3 million tonnes of grain since the beginning of the year, the company's press service has said.

Export traffic geography has expanded in 2017 thanks to the Italian market, with plans to transport about 200,000 tonnes of grain there, according to the company.

Exports are expanding in traditional directions - to Iran, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, India, with flour exports to Afghanistan and China also steadily growing, the press service said in a statement.

As many as 6,289 Astyk Trans grain freight cars, as well as about 3,000 grain freight cars owned by private operators are being used for harvest transportation, in addition, up to 400 grain freight cars of Russia's Rusagrotrans company are being employed as well.

Kazakhstan Temir Zholy is the operator of the country's railway system. The company is active in the sectors of freight and passenger transportation, logistics, telecommunications, infrastructure, and investment projects. The company is part of the Samruk-Kazyna National Wealth Fund.