Ukraine officially joined the Trans-Caspian international transport route, the respective protocol was signed on Tuesday, May 17, in Tbilisi. The Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelian announced this.

"While the Prime Minister and I are visiting Odessa Oblast, checking up on the processes of road renewal and weight control, Ivan Fedorko, on behalf of Ukrainian Railways, today in Tbilisi signed a Protocol regarding Ukraine's entry into the Trans-Caspian international transport route," - the minister wrote on his Facebook page.

According to Omelian, the agreement will reduce the complex transportation rates from $5559 to $3980 per 40-foot container from Izov to the Chinese border (Dostyk station).

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Ukrzaliznytsia launched the trial run of a container train on the Trans-Caspian international transport route, which is considered a branch of the New Silk Road, on 15 January 2016. The train reached China on the sixteenth day (in the early hours of 31 January 2016).

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