HHLA Project Logistics: cargo from road to rail in Central Asia

2023/08/24 at 8:40 AM

HHLA Project Logistics is increasingly focusing on rail transport for various destinations as part of its commitment to sustainability. The subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is shifting project cargo from road to the more environmentally friendly rail mode for further orders in Central Asia.


Part of the project cargo is loaded by HHLA Project Logistic in Baku, Azerbaijan, and carried to different destinations in Kazakhstan. Various shipments are going via rail from Baku to the port of Alyat and then transported across the Caspian Sea to the port of Aktau.

HHLA Project Logistics also established a new container block train in Kazakhstan to transport goods from the port of Aktau to various Chinese destinations via the city of Khorgos, China. This project is organised by the company’s local office in Almaty, Kazakhstan, which was opened in February 2023. “We are always looking at opportunities to offer more sustainable rail products in the region, thus supporting the modal shift,” says Korneli Korchilava, Managing Director of HHLA Project Logistics.

Accordingly, transports were also shifted with another project: At the port of Poti in Georgia, HHLA Project Logistics is receiving cargo from China destined for Baku. From here, the cargo is transferred from the ships to the container block trains pulled by locomotives operated by Azerbaijan’s leading railroad company Azerbaijan Railways (ADY).

HHLA Project Logistics offers specialist transport solutions for the entire Caucasus region and Central Asia, dealing with heavy and oversized loads and unique requirements every day. The subsidiary of HHLA specialises in all stages of handling project and transit cargo, particularly on behalf of international and local freight forwarders. Since 2001, HHLA Project Logistics has had its headquarters in the Georgian seaport of Poti, a hub on the ancient Silk Road. It operates additional branches in Tbilisi (Georgia), Baku (Azerbaijan), Astana and Almaty (Kazakhstan).

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