Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ) is investing in developing rail infrastructure and new services in order to contribute the the national objective of ranking Kazakhstan by 2020 among first 40 countries with the best logistics climate. Currently, the country ranks 77 among the 160 countries in the World Bank’s 2016 Logistics Performance Index (LPI).
KTZ intends to develop the necessary infrastructure and simplify customs procedures, and to also introduce transportation information technology.
In addition to strengthening Kazakhstan’s competitiveness in the global logistics market, KTZ also plans to increase the volume of intermodal cargo and has developed new rail-air transport services. The first rail-air transport services to be developed in collaboration with national carrier Air Astana will be launched in 2017 and will connect Kazakhstan to China, Europe, Iran, Russia and Turkey. According to KTZ, the rail-air services are an alternative to the sea-air supply chain from South East Asia to Europe via Dubai.