Taking into the fact that the Trans-Eurasian rail cargo is on the rise it is not surprising that regional countries are strongly interested in enhancing their railway network with new routes and new logistics hubs.
The China-Europe Railway Express (CR Express), which includes rail links connecting Chinese cities and European countries, is an international railway transportation service organized by China Railway.
After suspending the Free Trade Agreement with Ukraine from January 1, 2016, Russia imposed a food embargo on Ukraine and blocked the transit of Ukrainian goods heading to Central Asian countries and China.
Located on the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea, the Aktau International Sea Trade Port is the only maritime gate of the land-locked Kazakhstan enabling transportation of dry cargoes, grain, crude oil and petroleum products by sea.
Due to its geographical location the Republic of Uzbekistan is far away from seaports and international transit routes leading to them. Therefore, since getting its independence in 1991, the country has begun construction of new railways in order to create integral railway system.