Turkish trucks hit the road to China
In some rare good news last week, China has decided to open its land route for international transport, signing its first agreement with Turkey. Turkish transporters received their first 800 unit transport documents at the Turkey-China Land Route Workshop held in Beijing on August 8. “Turkey and China have huge logistic potential for each other. We aspire to transportation links between China and Western countries,” International Transporters’ Association (UND) Chairman, Recai Sen, said at the workshop, attended by officials from the Transport and Infrastructure Ministry, Beijing Embassy, The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, UND and the transportation sector.
In 2017, a settlement was reached for a quota of 20,000 transit documents for bilateral transit and 10,000 for third-country handling as part of the international road transport agreement signed between Turkey and China. 800 bilateral transit and 500 third-country transit documents were delivered to the Turkish delegation by the Chinese authorities. “The current highway agreement signed between the two countries should take the approval from the Turkish parliament,” Sen said. “We have achieved significant gains with the delivery of the documentation. With the approval of parliament, the Chinese market will be opened to Turkish transporters.”
No v sa w ll be needed
China is the world’s largest exporter with $2.26 trillion in exports in 2017, a 7.9 percent increase in dollar terms over the previous year. Imports rose by 15.9 percent and reached $1.84 billion. “95 percent of China’s export shipments are carried by sea,” Sen noted. “The share of road transport is three percent ($68 billion.) But road agreements have not existed in previous years so cargo is sent by sea, which takes a much longer time. With the highway option, the transportation of exports and imports between China and our country will be done in a much shorter time, an advantage for both our economies.”
Chinese authorities confirmed that the Urumqi region, which is 90 kilometers inland from the Khorgos region on the Chinese border, is defined as a free zone and that Turkish carriers can carry on transporting freight to and from that region without needing a visa.