According to him, in 2009, 160 thousand tons of cargo passed through Kazakhstan along this route. In general, the turnover of this transit corridor in 2009 was 13 million tons. According to the forecasts of the MID RK, in 2020 these indicators will reach 33 million tons of cargo per year.
As the vice minister noted, the international transit corridor "Western Europe –Western China" is the shortest route for transporting goods from China to Kazakhstan, Central Asian countries, western regions of Russia and Europe. When carrying goods by road, the time for delivery of cargo to St. Petersburg from the central provinces of China is no more than 10 days. Whereas by sea the goods pass the same way for 45 days.
"The length of the transit corridor in our country is 2787 km. In the current year, we have completed all necessary work on this corridor," R. Sklyar said.
According to the Vice Minister, the countries that participated in the construction of this corridor, in addition to strengthening the transit potential, also received an internal effect regarding the development of the regions. For example, in our country the corridor covers 200 settlements with a total of 5.5 million people. Significant impulse is expected in the development of small and medium businesses, the service industry, tourism and other sectors of the economy.
R. Sklyar is sure that the transit corridor "Western Europe – Western China" gives a serious economic effect both for our country and for other countries participating in the corridor.