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Share of rail in foreign trade is 5 per mil

Trains had got a share of 5‰ from international freight of Turkey in 2017.

Despite the investments and increase in total rail freight, the share of rail in foreign trade is going down.

In 2016, 1.83 mn tons carried by trains on international routes. In 2017, it was almost same, 1.81 mn tons. However this was happened in a year where export increased by 10% and import by 18%.
The modal share compare of rail is 5 ‰ in imports and 4 ‰ in exports.

One of the main reasons for this result is that, international rail freight can only be done via Kapikule (Bulgaria) and Kapikoy (Iran) in 2017. No train connection to Iraq and Syria due to war in Syria.

Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is expected to support the foreign trade traffic. Since the line was opened by the end of 2017, there was no effect to last year’s results. 50 k tons of freight was carried through this line in first 6 months of 2018.

Cover Photo: Jeff Hawken ©

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