Export transportation by railway, which was initiated as “contactless commerce” consistent with measures taken to forestall the unfold of the pandemic, elevated by practically 100% in March in Turkey. Truck transportation issues occurred and peaked with the worsening of the Corona Virus disaster, which restricted exports by these automobiles at border gates, shifting demand in freight transport from trucks to trains.
Turkey has closed a few of its borders, such as these with Iran, to passenger automobiles and trucks, whereas others are nonetheless open with limitations.
Meanwhile, the rising demand for railway transportation has tripled the freight quantity on some strains. To meet the excessive demand, Turkey’s transportation ministry introduced earlier Wednesday that they’re began to use passenger trains for freight transportation as properly. Rail transport permits the provision chain for exports to transfer with out disruption, whereas additionally enabling extra contactless commerce, serving to guarantee public security.
Ercan Güleç, head of the Railway Transport Association (DTD), informed Turkish day by day Dünya that practice transportation to the Middle East and alongside the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway (BTK) gained momentum throughout this time. “One of the requirements of logistics is the railway. This course of as soon as once more reminds us that our stations ought to be linked to manufacturing and consumption facilities,” he stated.
The Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) Logistics Business Council Executive Board’s chairman, Turgut Erkeskin, additionally emphasised that the pandemic has accelerated the seek for another transportation mannequin.
Erkeskin stated, “This as soon as once more confirmed us that we’d like all modes of transport and all of them will need to have a balanced share within the system,” including that railway transportation was one of many much less occupied programs in Turkey, however now “it’s the kind of transportation we’d like at this time probably the most.”
He stated the railway is likely one of the most necessary parts in sustaining the nation’s exports to the Middle East and the Caucasus, as well as to southeastern Europe and Central Europe, urging for additional funding in each private and non-private sectors.
Railway transportation can carry 40 truckloads of freight in a single journey with solely two machinists, considerably reducing person-to-person contact, in accordance to sector representatives.
The share of Turkey’s rail exports in March 2020 elevated by 0.four factors to 0.9%. In the identical interval, the share of highway exports decreased by 1.7 factors to 27.6%, and the share of airline exports decreased by 0.5 factors to 6.9%, in accordance to the international commerce knowledge by the Ministry of Commerce.