Afghanistan Signs on to Cross-Border Transport Agreement
Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have formalized an agreement for new trade and transportation protocols
Representatives from the governments of Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have signed an agreement to include Afghanistan in a trade and transportation agreement amongst the Central Asian states.
The Cross-Border Transport Agreement (CBTA), which Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan joined at the end of 2010, is a program to facilitate easier and faster movement of goods, vehicles and people across international borders. Operated under the aegis of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) group, the CBTA gives participating countries access to streamlined customs inspections protocols and reduced obligations, such as the need to transfer shipments between vehicles at border crossings.
Established in 2001,the CAREC’s signatories now include Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Move One Logistics operates in all of the aforementioned countries and welcomes the inclusion of Afghanistan into the agreement. CAREC’s chief mandate is to promote and facilitate regional projects in energy, transport and trade, and has included the establishment of six land-transport corridors covering over 3,600 kilometers of roads and 2,000 kilometers of railway. These routes traverse the entire CAREC region, running north-south and east-west to link Europe, the Middle East and Central- , South- and East-Asia.
Juan Miranda, Director General of the Asian Development Bank, said of the signing that “Afghanistan’s accession to the CBTA represents a milestone in transforming a key CAREC transport corridor into an economic corridor… facilitating cross-border and transit trade, thereby increasing business activity and investment in CAREC countries.”
The CBTA routes comprise a significant part of the Northern Distribution Network (NDN), a system of logistics corridors with key political and material value for the Middle East and Central Asia. Logistical throughput along the NDN is not just a way to supply American and Allied military activity, but is the motivator of sustained economic activity across Afghanistan and Central Asia, and long-term commercial relationships with Europe.
Move One’s Afghanistan Operations Manager, Andrew Davis, said of the news that “This represents the start of a new set of possibilities for the ongoing development of Afghanistan. Move One operates eleven offices across Afghanistan alone, and is a leader and specialist in supporting multiple contracts on the Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan – Tajikistan route, also known as the KKT route. We look forward to acting as a key partner to the international business and investment that the agreement brings.”
Move One has multiple offices strategically located throughout the CAREC and NDN states, offering a range of project freight services, including oil and gas related cargo transportation, local or national armed escort and domestic fixed and rotary wing charters, as well as HAZMAT handling and delivery. In addition, Move One Logistics specializes in Tax Exemption Protocol Processes and is one of the most accomplished customs clearance brokers operating along the NDN.
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