New TIR line activated along the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan corridor

A new TIR route, essential for connecting China to Central Asia, has been activated by CEVA Logistics. The route will boost trade growth between the three countries, bringing benefits to the entire region and beyond.

Loaded with industrial components, car parts and everyday necessities, the first TIR truck left the western Chinese city of Kashgar inland, drove through Kyrgyzstan and after a total distance of around 1,100 kilometers successfully reached Uzbekistan’s second largest city, Samarkand.

Joanna Zhu, general manager for Greater China at CEVA Logistics, said, “With this successful pilot, CEVA expects more regular TIR operations on this new route, approximately 100 trucks per month.”

“CEVA will continue to optimize its ground and rail vehicle product portfolio to open direct routes while strengthening intermodal capabilities. We will develop more trade routes westward from China and strengthen trade resilience along the corridor,” she added.

IRU Chief Representative for East and Southeast Asia Yan Zhou said, “IRU and CEVA Logistics have established fruitful cooperation since the launch of TIR in China in 2018.

“From the first historical TIR pilot tour between China and Europe to the new TIR route along the strategically important China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan corridor, IRU and its members have developed innovative trucking services under TIR.”

“Together with our members and partners, the IRU will continue to promote a faster, safer and more efficient east-west road link,” she added.

CEVA Logistics became an IRU member in 2019. Kelvin Tang, Global Cross Border and Multimodal Product Leader at CEVA Logistics, is one of the IRU’s New Industry Shapers leading road transport into the future. He is a pioneer of TIR transport in China and has been driving Asia-Europe trade for 20 years.

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