A second train carrying boron departed Turkey Friday for China, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said, amid intensified efforts over recent months to invigorate railway trade between the two countries, APA reports citing Daily Sabah.
The train consisting of 50 containers of boron marks the fourth China-bound freight train since December.
Eti Maden, Turkey’s official mining company and a major supplier of boron, is making its second railway shipment to China in cooperation with Turkish State Railways (TCDD), Dönmez said in a statement. The company previously exported boron internationally by sea.
The train is carrying refined boron goods, produced at an Eti Maden site in the central province of Eskişehir, and will head toward Xi’an, the capital city of Shaanxi province in central China.
It follows a train that departed in January, carrying 42 containers of boron. The train followed the Middle Corridor Trans Caspian International Transit Route via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway and arrived in February.
The BTK line connects Azerbaijan’s capital Baku on the Caspian Sea to Turkey’s eastern border city of Kars via the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.