First Baku–Tbilisi–Kars Rail Corridor Block Train Arrives At Kaluga

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Russia’s RZD Rail Logistics in cooperation with Turkey’s Pasifik Eurasia Logistics has sent the first block train from Turkey to Russia via the Baku–Tbilisi–Kars rail corridor.

The train carried fifteen 40’ units laden with dishwashers and gas stoves and left Marşandiz rail station in Ankara, Turkey on January 29. At the Akhalkali rail station on the Georgian border the container was taken off the 1435-gauge platforms and loaded onto 1520-gauge platform and carried to the final destination of Vorsino, in Western Russia’s Kaluga region.

The new route cuts logistics expenses and transit times, while blockchain technologies mean there is no need for border customs inspections, as containers are sealed and electronic documentation raised to satisfy cross-border customs.

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