Kazakhstan starts construction of grain terminals at Iranian-Turkmen border06 august 2014, 19:55
Kazakhstan has started construction of grain terminals at the Iranian-Turkmen border, a Tengrinews.kz journalist reports, citing the Agriculture Ministry’s Press Service.
“According to the country’s Foreign Ministry, Kazakhstan-based Astyk Terminal company started prep works to construct a multi-function grain terminal at the Iranian-Turkmen border, close to Inche-Burun station. Works are under way to have a legal entity registered and the sides are working to define a partner on the Iranian side. Kazakhstan’s Embassy in Iran and the Iranian authorities are in talks over a land plot near the Inche-Burun station to accommodate the would-be grain terminal”, the Agriculture Ministry’s Press Service said.
The Kazakh side is thinking of using the grain terminal as an export hub. Construction of the grain terminal was on the agenda of the talks held on the working visit of the Executive Secretary of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Industries and New Technology to Iran April 25-30, 2014.
According to the Press Service, as of now Kazakhstan has fully operational grain terminals in Aktau, Baku (Azerbaijan), Amirabad (Iran). To boost grain exports to Central Asia, Afghanistan and Iran, Kazakhstan has built a grain elevator with a mill near Beineu railway station in Mangistau oblast.
The nations involved have completed construction of the Kazakhstan’s and Iranian parts of the new railway Novy Uzen – Kyzyl Kia – Gorgan to link Kazakhstan to Iran across Turkmenistan. The new line has already accommodated transportation of 680 000 tons of freight towards Iran. The Turkmen part of the railway link has yet to be completed. Completion of the railway link coupled with construction of the grain terminal will enable to transport up to 3 million tons of grain towards Iran and further on to the countries of the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea.
Earlier Tengrinews.kz reported, citing the country’s Agriculture Minister Assylzhan Mamytbekov, that for the 2013-2014 marketing year Kazakhstan had exported 8.7 million tons of grain, including grain equivalent of flour (6 million tons of grain and 1.9 million tons of flour), 22% up against the preceding marketing year. The grain exports for the period are estimated at over $1.2 billion.
Kazakhstan grain and flour have been mostly purchased by Central Asia and Transcaucasia countries, Iran, Afghanistan. Other CIS countries imported a total of 3.5 million tons of grain, with the other 2.5 million tons of grain being sent to countries outside the post-soviet space. The biggest importer of Kazakh grain for the period under review was Iran with its 1 255 000 tons of grain, followed by Uzbekistan with its 885 400 tons, Azerbaijan (815 600 tons), Russia (658 600 tons).