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Kazakhstan in talks with AD Ports on agricultural exports

Kazakhstan exports Reuters/Daniel Acker
The office, to be based in the Saudi port of Damman, aims to secure grain supplies for local feed makers in the fast-developing country

Kazakhstan is in talks with Abu Dhabi Ports to set up a joint venture that would help ship Kazakh agricultural exports via Iran and then Gulf ports.

The Central Asian nation, a significant exporter of agricultural commodities such as grains and oilseeds, wants to ship cargoes to Iran via the Caspian Sea and have them delivered to Iranian Gulf ports such as Amirabad and Bandar Abbas and then further to other destinations in the Gulf, Asia and Africa, the government said on Monday.

Kazakh deputy prime minister Serik Zhumangarin discussed the project with Davood Tafti, the chief executive of Simatech Shipping and Forwarding, which the Kazakh government said was a subsidiary of AD Ports Group.

Landlocked Kazakhstan has traditionally exported its grains and oilseeds mostly to neighbouring countries and China, and also shipped some to Black Sea ports via Russia.