Arkas Logistics has organized the launch of the first freight train from Turkey following the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) Railway Service, which will revive the historical Silk Road.

The first freight train from Turkey to operate on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad line, which connects Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan and was launched with a ceremony in Baku on 30th October, set off from the Yenice Train Station in Mersin, Turkey on Tuesday, 28th November. Mersin Governor Ali Ihsan Su, Arkas Logistics General Manager Onur Gocmez, TCDD Tasimacilik A.S. (Turkish Railroads) General Manager Veysi Kurt, along with other TCDD officials, IKAU Founder and CEO Kamal Huseynov and Kazakhstan Railways Multimodal Transport Manager Nurzhan Alpyspekov were present at the launch ceremony.

Having spoken at the ceremony, Mersin governor Ali Ihsan Su said, “I believe that the trade between these countries will increasingly grow and become swift. Such services are of critical importance for the development of our country.”

TCDD Tasimacilik A.S. (Turkish Railroads) General Manager Veysi Kurt too took to the stage, remarking “The backbone of the Silk Railroad, an important corridor between Turkey, China and Europe, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad service was launched with the participation of our President on 30th October. After the first freight train of the service arrived Mersin, we are here today for the first export freight train to set off from our country to Azerbaijan. We wish this will be the harbinger of other welcome developments.”

Arkas Logistics General Manager Onur Gocmez said, “Arkas Logistics is proud and happy to be the loader of the first train to set off from Turkey. This is only the beginning. The traffic on this route is very important for Turkey, as well as for the rest of the world. Therefore, we, as the logistics services providers, should do our parts in the best way possible. The location of the Yenice Train Station has strategic significance for us. Arkas Logistics owns a close to 600,000 Sq m area next to the Yenice Station and we have started to provide terminal services in the 20,000 Sq m of this area. This investment has already come to fruition. The corridor will expand even more and yield greater results as the traffic increases with the cereal products coming in from Asia and convenience foods and construction materials going out.”

Arkas having undertaken the first freight transport operation on this railroad line, referred to as the “Silk Railroad”, will provide door-to-door services. The company, which also carried out the stuffing of the containers at its complex in Mersin, will transport and deliver as far as to Baku and Ashkabat. The containers filled with soybean meals as well as filling material, will be transferred at the Akhalkalaki station in Georgia from Turkish railcars to Azerbaijani ones. The train is expected to arrive Azerbaijan (Baku) in 4 days and Turkmenistan (Ashkabat) in 7.

Aiming to contribute to both the economy and international relations of the region, the 838-kilometre railroad crosses Turkey, Georgia, and Azerbaijan with 76, 259, and 503 kilometres respectively. 4 train stations, 3 bridges, and 76 kilometre-long railroads were built as part of the Turkey leg of the project. The freight departing from China is projected to be transported to the Port of Alat in Baku via the Caspian Sea, then to Europe over Georgia and Turkey.


The line will allow an annual transport capacity of 1 million passengers and 6,5 million tons of freight in the initial stage. The transport capacity is planned to be increased to 3 million passengers and 17 million tons of freight by 2034.