General overview of Transport Sector
Transport-Geographical location of Georgia
Located at the crossroads of Europe and Central Asia, Georgia is a bridge connecting several important economic regions with a total of 827 million people, including the EU (495 million), CIS (243 million), Turkey (73 million) and the Caucasus Region (16 million). It is a key link in the shortest transit route between Western Europe and Central Asia for transportation of oil and gas as well as dry cargo. Georgia's oil and gas pipelines, Black Sea ports, well-developed railway system, together with its airports are playing an increasingly important role in linking East and West. At the same time, Georgia functions as the vertical North-South transportation link between Russia and Turkey and, via Armenia, to Iran.
As a major regional transport-transit hub, Georgia offers significant distribution opportunities through its newly renovated and expanded transportation infrastructure, which includes an extensive national highway system, newly expanded railway routes, 2 newly renovated international airports and seaports/terminals.