(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 13. Uzbekistan will
start using a new terminal for mineral fertilizers at the Baku
International Sea Trade Port, Deputy Minister of Transport of
Uzbekistan Abdusamat Muminov told trend in an exclusive interview.
"Uzbekistan actively uses the port of Poti in Georgia and the
Baku port to export its goods. However, it is worth noting that the
infrastructure of the Baku port is much more developed. As part of
the second phase of modernization of the Baku port, a new terminal
for mineral fertilizers will start operating, which we will also
use for our needs. We also got acquainted with the capabilities of
bulk carriers, Ro-Ro ports. We were shown new vessels built for
double-deck wagons. They will significantly help us to reduce the
delivery time. Already, in fact, we were able to reduce the
transportation time by half – from a month to two weeks, thanks to
the improvement of operational activities on the part of our
Azerbaijani colleagues. Today, thanks to these efforts, not only
Uzbekistan uses the transport potential of Azerbaijan, but also the
whole of Central Asia," he said.
Muminov stressed that Uzbekistan is already actively using the
infrastructure of the Baku port, especially for sugar imports.
"This year we want to increase sugar supplies through Azerbaijan
to 300,000. In addition, we have sent about 100 wagons to help
Azerbaijan to ship sugar," he said.
He also noted that a large delegation from Uzbekistan, which
included both private companies and representatives of government
agencies, has recently visited Azerbaijan.
"Among these companies were our main exporters and importers,
who mainly work through the Georgian port of Poti and the Baku
port. We held about 10 meetings with representatives of the
Ministry of Transport of Azerbaijan, with the State Customs
Service, in the Baku port, in the Alat Free Economic Zone, as well
as with representatives of the Baku Shipyard. We managed to get
acquainted with Azerbaijani transport potential and capabilities,"
the deputy minister said.
Meanwhile, earlier, Taleh Ziyadov, Director General of the Baku
Port, said that the mineral fertilizers terminal of the Baku port
is expected to be commissioned in June or July this year.
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