Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu stated that an agreement was reached with Kazakhstan to increase the quota of transit pass documents from 2 thousand to 15 thousand. In his statement on the subject, Karaismailoğlu stated that transportation to Central Asian countries was generally carried out on the Iran-Turkmenistan route, but Turkmenistan has completely closed its border gates to vehicle traffic due to COVID-19.
Pointing out that the only alternative is the Kazakhstan route after this development, Karaismailoğlu noted that the current transit pass document quota with the aforementioned country is 2 thousand, and the documents given under the Ro-Ro condition cause additional costs.
Karaismailoğlu pointed out that this situation adversely affected the transportations to Central Asian countries, especially Uzbekistan, and stated that the Turkey-Kazakhstan Land Transportation Joint Commission (KUKK) Meeting was held in Ankara on 9 May to improve land transportation between the two countries. .
"Additional documents will be submitted by the end of May"
Noting that the meeting was held in a constructive environment befitting the friendship and brotherhood between Turkey and Kazakhstan, Karaismailoğlu stated that important decisions were taken during the meetings.
Underlining that there has been an increase in the transit pass document quota with Kazakhstan after years, Karaismailoğlu shared the following information: “The quota of 2 thousand transit pass documents with Kazakhstan to be increased by 7.5 times to 15 thousand, with additional documents without the Ro-Ro requirement in 2022. It was agreed to exchange a total of 11,000 bilateral transit documents and 2,100 transit pass documents in total for use on Ro-Ro lines. The number of third country pass documents has been increased from 1500 to 2,000 for Turkish carriers. Additional documents will be exchanged by the end of May."
Karaismailoğlu, on the temporary quotas agreed for the year 2023, said: “For the Turkish side, 10 thousand uniform pass documents will be exchanged in two parties. All of these documents will be valid at the land border gates. A total of 15 thousand transit pass documents, 2 thousand of which will be valid in the Caspian, and 2 thousand transit certificates to a third country will be issued. In addition, if additional transit documents are needed, the request will be quickly considered at the request of the other party. It was also decided to cooperate in the fields of digitalization in transportation, electronic pass document, pass document distribution system. For this purpose, the Turkish delegation invited the Kazakh delegation to a meeting at a border gate in Turkey to exchange information. With the KUKK Meeting, the cooperation between the two countries will become even stronger.”
Source: Dünya Newspaper
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