March 12, Fineko/abc.az. The Baku Grain Terminal is going to become an active participant of international transport projects, implemented jointly with Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.
Yerzhan Baymukhametov, deputy chairman of board of the terminal, says that the company is cooperating with Food Contract Corporation exporting cereal crops to Azerbaijan.
“We process part of grain into flour. Also, we are cooperating with Azerbaijani and Russian traders who are interested in transshipment of grain through our terminal to Iran.
In general, Azerbaijan’s demand for grain is about 3 million or 3.5 million tons a year. Compared with 2016, last year the country reduced imports of grain by 20%. At the meeting of the Kazakhstan-Azerbaijan Intergovernmental Commission, held at the end of 2017, the parties agreed to bring the export of Kazakh grain to Azerbaijan up to 1 million tons a year,” Baymukhametov said.
Kazakh grain has been sent to the Caspian Sea through the terminal for the last 12 years. New opportunities will allow expansion of geography and enter the markets of Turkey and the Middle East. The terminal was founded in 2006 with the approval of the governments of Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. Over the years, the Company has confidently realized the main goal –stabilization of export of Kazakh grain and provision of Azerbaijan with grain products. Kazakh wheat is sent from the port of Aktau to the port in the Govsani settlement, where a grain terminal is located. There is also a mill that supplies flour to the markets of the country. The terminal intends to participate actively in international transport projects, which are realized in the region with direct participation of Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. This year’s plans include the use of opportunities of North-South route, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway route and bring Kazakh grain to the markets of Turkey and the Middle East.