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TRACECA and USAID will hold a Study Tour for carriers along the Central Asia – the Caucasus - European Union Route

Starting from May 16, 2022, the Road Show/ Study Tour on Opportunities to increase trade along the Central Asia-European Union route through the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea ports will be held and conclude on May 24, 2022.

The Study Tour, which starts in Aktau (Kazakhstan), then to Baku (Azerbaijan), Tbilisi and Batumi (Georgia), will involve delegations from Central Asian countries, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia and Turkey. This event will be held with the support of the USAID’s Trade Central Asia activity and in close cooperation with KazLogistics, Union of Transport Workers of Kazakhstan.

Recently Central Asian governments have placed great focus on increasing the trafficking of cargo via the Caspian Sea, as traders encounter growing problems in moving their goods through the current transit routes.

More than 40 representatives from customs and state bodies of transport policy from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan, as well as members of the Central Asia Transport and Logistics Partnership will visit the ports of the Caspian Sea in Alyat and Kuryk and the Batumi port on the Black Sea to study the ports’ pricing policy, conduct analytics and get acquainted with processes utilized at ports thereby facilitating the development of recommendations and further simplifying procedures.

In addition, representatives of state bodies, national associations of road carriers, logistics companies and freight forwarders, seaports and shipping companies from Azerbaijan, Georgia and Central Asia, directly involved in international road transport will attend the event. Participants from Bulgaria and Turkey are invited to familiarize themselves with the possibility of international road transport through their territories.

The study tour agenda includes the following events:

May 17, 2022     Aktau, Kazakhstan. Prospects for development of international road transport in Kazakhstan. Visiting the Kuryk port.

May 18, 2022     Baku, Azerbaijan. Visiting the Baku International Sea Trade Port.

May 19, 2022     Baku, Azerbaijan. Prospects for development of international road transport in Azerbaijan. Familiarization with the activities of the Permanent Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Commission TRACECA.

May 20, 2022      Tbilisi, Georgia. Prospects for development of international road transport in Georgia.

May 22, 2022     Batumi, Georgia. Familiarization with the potential of the Batumi Seaport Potential of the Sarpi Georgian-Turkish checkpoint

May 23, 2022     Batumi, Georgia. Prospects for development of international road transport along the TRACECA corridor. Prospects for transport development on the territories of Turkey and Bulgaria.

Along with the above mentioned, prior to the events, the transportation of pre-selected cargo is organized along the route from Central Asia through the port of Kuryk, via Baku to Georgia, to identify the specific issues that carriers may face when transiting these ports. The results of the transportation will be discussed during the Closing Meeting scheduled for May 23 this year in Batumi.

The goal of USAID’s Trade Central Asia activity is to improve region-wide trade connectivity and harmonization to accelerate economic growth and increase economic opportunity in Central Asia, through harmonizing customs and border procedures, increasing public-private dialogue on cross-border trade and investment, improving cross-border firm-to-firm connectivity, and addressing gender relevant trade issues.


TRACECA is an internationally-recognized program whose member countries include 13 signatories of the ‘Basic Multilateral Agreement on International Transport for Development of the Europe-the Caucasus-Asia’. These countries include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Romania, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Ukraine. TRACECA is a stable platform for bringing interests together and finding optimal ways of building mutually-beneficial cooperation, as well as developing economic relations, trade and transport communications in the regions of Europe, the Black Sea, the Caucasus, the Caspian Sea and Asia.

The Permanent Secretariat strives to ensure that the results of the ongoing TRACECA initiatives and projects contribute to the effective development of the corridor, promote the further liberalization of foreign trade, and reduce barriers to the movement of goods along the whole transport corridor.

For more information, please visit the TRACECA website:
http://www.traceca-org.org/en/home/ and related social media links:
Facebook: IntergovernmentalCommission.TRACECA
Twitter: @TRACECA
LinkedIn: traceca-permanent-secretariat

USAID is the world's premier international development agency, and a catalytic actor driving development results. For more information, please visit the USAID Central Asia website: https://www.usaid.gov/central-asia-regionaland Facebook page:




16.05.2022 - 24.05.2022

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Location and Venue:

Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia

Institution, holding event:

Permanent Secretaritat of the IGC TRACECA


Permanent Secretariat of the IGC TRACECA, USAID
8/2 T. Aliyarbekov street
1005 Baku/Azerbaijan
Tel.: (+99412) 5 98 27 18
Fax: (+99412) 498 64 26
E-mail: office@ps.traceca-org.org


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