Azerbaijan’s plans to join the Viking container train project were discusses during the annual meeting of the Viking Train operators organised on the 11th and 12th of November in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi.
“The participation of Azerbaijan Railways in the project will make possible the extention of the container train route to more distant Asian countries, an alternative route to reach Kazakhstan and China,” said Saulius Girdauskas, Lithuanian Deputy Transport Minister.
In September, the ministry sent an official invitation to Azerbaijan’s Transport Ministry to join the Viking project.
It is expected that once Azerbaijan Railways joins the project, more freight will be transported to Lithuania from Kazakhstan and China and that the new Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway will be used to transport containers from Turkey to Ukrainian ports.
The Viking container train transported nearly up to 29 752 TEU in 2014.