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Ukraine secures freight preferences en route to bypass Russia

Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Georgia have signed a protocol to this effect.

Ukraine secures freight preferences en route to bypass Russia
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Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Georgia have signed a protocol on preferential freight tariffs along the Trans-Caspian international transport route.

The protocol was signed by the acting board chairman of Ukrainian Railways, Oleksandr Zavhorodniy, the chairman of Azerbaijan Railways, Javid Gurbanov, the president of Kazakhstan Railways, Askar Mamin, and Georgian Railway CEO Mamuka Bakhtadze, the Azeri news agency Trend.az has said.

The document was signed in Baku on 14 January 2016.

The document sets competitive preferential freight tariffs along the Trans-Caspian route and outlines comprehensive measures on how to simplify train traffic along the route to increase the cargo transport.

Earlier, Ukraine suggested that freight companies use the Trans-Caspian international route to transport cargo to Central Asia, bypassing Russia.