Turkmenistan has significantly expanded the possibility of cargo transit through its territory

Turkmenistan has expanded the list of checkpoints open for international cargo transportation. Now Uzbek trucks can cross the border between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan at three checkpoints, and at least two checkpoints on the border between Turkmenistan and Iran. Also, in this list of border points is the “International Maritime Point of Turkmenbashi” on the Caspian Sea, which in turn creates the opportunity to deliver goods from Uzbekistan to Azerbaijan and then to Georgia and Armenia, and vice versa along this transport corridor - along the shortest route, EastFruit experts note.

In early June 2022, EastFruit wrote that Turkmenistan permitted transit cargo transportation from Uzbekistan to Iran and vice versa, while establishing a number of requirements for the transit of goods through the territory of this state. Starting from June 1, 2022, vehicles of foreign states were allowed to transit goods through Turkmenistan, the route of which runs through the “Alat-Farap” checkpoints on the border of Uzbekistan with Turkmenistan and “Sarakhs-Sarakhas” on the border of Turkmenistan with Iran.

At the end of June 2022, for transit cargo from Uzbekistan to Iran, Turkmenistan opened the second crossing point on the border with Iran – “Artyk-Lutfabad”. However, due to the fact that only one checkpoint was allowed on the Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border, the opening of a second checkpoint on the Turkmenistan-Iran border still did not contribute to a significant increase in the flow of transit cargo.

But the next step of the government of Turkmenistan will significantly increase the volume of transit cargo. On November 15, 2022, the Ministry of Transport of Uzbekistan announced that Turkmenistan has expanded the list of checkpoints open for international cargo transportation. Now Uzbek trucks can cross the border between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan at three checkpoints: “Alat-Farap”, “Shavat-Dashoguz”, “Hojeyli-Kunyaurgench”. And on the border of Turkmenistan with Iran, there are at least two checkpoints: “Sarakhs-Sarakhas” and “Artyk-Lutfabad”. Undoubtedly, this step will significantly increase the volume of transit cargo from Uzbekistan to Iran and vice versa, thereby contributing to the growth of trade between Uzbekistan and Iran, including in the fruit and vegetable segment.

Moreover, the list of checkpoints opened by Turkmenistan for international cargo transportation also includes the “Turkmenbashi International Sea Point”. This, in turn, creates an opportunity to deliver goods from Uzbekistan to Azerbaijan and then to Georgia and Armenia, as well as in the opposite direction - along the shortest route through the Caspian Sea.