Freight trains carrying exports to Russia and China departed on Friday from Turkey’s capital Ankara. We have demonstrated that we are a Logistical Power thanks to our determined steps, Karaismailoğlu said while speaking at the Council of Ministers.

Turkey has demonstrated that we are Logistical Power

Though trains had traveled this route to China before, this is the first time that exports are being hauled from Turkey to Russia via Rail, Turkish Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoglu stressed during an event at the train station.

Turkey has become the most strategic connection point of the Iron Silk Road, Minister Karaisamiloğlu said. The Freight Trains to Russia & China from Ankara Station, are to travel approximately 4 thousand 650 kilometers to Moscow by using the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Line.

The Ceremony was attended by Turkish Transport & Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu and Turkish Energy & Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez.

The train en route to Russia is carrying major appliances on 15 wagons and 15 containers for the 4,650-kilometer (2,889 miles) distance, Karaismailoglu said.

The other is carrying 1,000 tons of the mineral boron in 42 containers to China via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, he added.

Turkey sent its first export train to China on Dec. 19, 2020.

Karaismailoglu underlined the importance for Turkey of China’s Belt and Road initiative, which aims to create a network of transportation infrastructure between China, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

With the project, the transit time between Turkey and China decreased to 12 days from 30 days, he added. Karaismailoglu also noted that the transit time between China and Europe had also fallen to around 18 days via Turkey’s sub-sea tunnel Marmaray.