Monday, July 16, 2012

KKT-R? An alternative route to relieve the road from Uzbekistan to the Baltic

The " reverse Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan (R-KKT) trucking route "is part of the Northern Distribution Network , the network of multimodal overland road and rail which will allow exfiltration of NATO equipment.
The R-KTT passes, as its name indicates, by Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan before entering Russia. But she avoids Uzbekistan, which the authorities are very demanding in terms of rights of way.

This road is more expensive than the way south through Pakistan (for a 20-foot container, the extra cost would be $ 10 000 or $ 18 000. However, the air costs $ 40 000 per container according to the U.S. Transportation Command ). This is also the longest: forwarders estimate that the transit time between Afghanistan and the Baltic ports is around 120 days, against 80 by Pakistan.

Boon to private. A U.S. firm is already well established on the R-KKT; it comes to FMN Logistics has begun to repatriate the material U.S. 4 months ago, with the first convoy of 20 trucks of 25t. Others followed, such as Move One (Dubai), already present in Central Asia.

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