Afghanistan’s cabinet has approved the construction of railway infrastructure at the Towraghondi (13 km) and Aqina (10 km) railheads on the border with Turkmenistan.

At the One Belt, One Road International Cooperation Forum in Beijing on May 15, Kazakhstan’s KTZ, Cosco Shipping Corp and Lianyungang Port signed an investment agreement for the joint development of the Korgas Eastern Gateway free economic zone, with Chinese investors to purchase a 49% stake in the dry port. KTZ said attracting strategic international logistics partners would help to create a large regional hub for the consolidation and distribution of cargo flows between Asia and Europe.

The first trainload of aggregates for the construction of Sirius Minerals’ £2·4bn Woodsmith polyhalite mine near Whitby in northwest England has been delivered to AV Dawson’s Teesside freight terminal by GB Railfreight. Onward delivery to the site will be undertaken by road.

On May 8 LDz Loģistika, TransContainer and Gefco Baltic launched the first container service from Riga to Kashi in China via Russia and Kazakhstan. The train carried 52 40 ft containers which had arrived from Germany by sea.