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Taleh Ziyadov attends CEO Lunch Baku as honorable guest

Baku, February 12, AZERTAC

Director-General of Baku International Sea Trade Port CJSC Taleh Ziyadov has been an honorable guest at the CEO Lunch Baku event organized by the Caspian European Club.

Addressing the event attended by about 100 local and foreign guests, and diplomatic representatives, the Director-General noted that 2019 was a successful year for the port and featured a few important events. Registered for the first time in 2019 was the record indicator of the last 28 years in terms of transshipment of wheeled equipment and containerization.

Thus, the volume of cargo handling increased by 7.2% and totaled 4061.6 thousand tons vs. the figure of 2018 (3787.8 thousand tons). 35,152 TEU containers were handled in 2019, which, in turn, makes a 58% growth vs. 2018 (this indicator totaled 22,887 TEU in 2018). A 57% growth was reached in handling of wheeled equipment units, including TIR trucks. A total of 671 units of wheeled equipment was handled.

On October 16, 2019 the Port of Baku received an “EcoPorts” PERS certificate from the European Sea Ports Organization – ESPO. In this way, the Port of Baku was the first to get an “EcoPorts” PERS certificate in the Caspian Sea region. “The reception of the mentioned certificate by the Port is the result of the purposeful work carried out by the port employees and the European partners in the last three years. The Port of Baku will keep serving as an example for other ports in the region by implementing its environment-oriented policy.”

Taleh Ziyadov also emphasized the significance of the agreement signed on November 26 with the Austrian ÖBB Rail Cargo Group and Cabooter Group (NL) to strengthen and expand the freight traffic from Europe to Central Asia and China via the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (Middle Corridor). According to the Director-General, this agreement is an important milestone in expanding the West-to-East transport corridor from Europe’s busiest logistics hubs in the Netherlands such as Venlo and Germany to Turkey (Istanbul), Azerbaijan (Baku), Central Asia and further to China.

The launch of the customs and temporary storage facility within the Port of Baku in March is another important event expected this year. This facility will contribute to the growth of cargo transportation, and increase operations opportunities of local and foreign companies.

The Director-General replied to questions of the event participants after concluding his speech.

Then, First Deputy Chairman and Group CEO of the Caspian European Club Telman Aliyev said that the Caspian European Club has managed to become an international business-networking platform owing to monthly CEO Lunch events held in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Kazakhstan. СEO Lunch provides additional opportunities for communicating in an informal setting and for establishing new business contacts with representatives of companies from the Caspian, Black Sea and Baltic region countries. СEO Lunch is also one of the key instruments for establishing a public-private dialogue.

Then, Taleh Ziyadov was presented an honorary membership certificate of the Caspian European Club. Other member companies of the Caspian European Club also received certificates.

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