The countries in Central Asia (CA) are landlocked and without coastlines. Therefore,
the Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor (TCTC) will play an important role in facilitating
cross-border logistics in CA, particularly with land transport. To promote interregional
collaborations between CA countries for managing these handicaps, the CA Regional
Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program was established through the leadership of the
Asian Development Bank (ADB). This study focuses on the effectiveness of logistics policy
and infrastructure development for cross-border transport along the TCTC using a simulation
analysis based on a network equilibrium assignment model. The global logistics intermodal
network simulation (GLINS) model, which the authors developed to cover intermodal freight
transport networks (including roads, railways, ferries, and maritime shipping across the
Eurasian continent) is used for policy simulation in the CA. In particular, the simulation
incorporates the impact of the logistics policies related to cross-border transport in the
TCTC, including the improvement of ferry services and rail networks along the corridor.
The simulation results support the Kazakhstani approach, which emphasizes transit time
reduction and transport tariffs while simultaneously enhancing cooperation within the
Trans-Caspian International Transport Route Association.

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