Russian Railways and Uzbek Railways have agreed to increase transit freight and export import shipments between the two countries, and standardise the railway infrastructure.

The existing container train service between the two countries on the Nakhodka – Vostochnaya – Alma-Ata – Assdake route was used by 105 container trains carrying 11,064 TEUs in 2008.

Russian Railways CEO Vladimir Yakunin said: “The parties agreed, on a bilateral basis and in the context of the Council for Rail Transport of the CIS and Baltic States, to develop and adopt a common system of standardisation and certification of the rolling stock and equipment they produce and repair.”