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First 20-Truck Convoy Leaves Afghanistan on the reverse Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan (R-KKT) trucking route in support of NATO draw-down
http://finance.yahoo.com of 3/1/2012 - FMN Logistics Executes First Retrograde Mission
Early on the afternoon of February 29th, (around 5:00 AM EST), FMN Logistics, a leading freight forwarder on the Northern Distribution Network, managed a privately contracted 20-truck U.S. Military convoy of non-lethal cargo crossing the Tajikistan-Afghanistan Friendship Bridge from Sher Khan Bandar, Afghanistan to Nizhniy Panj in the former Soviet Republic of Tajikistan. With this movement, one of the major components of the US Military drawdown from Afghanistan is now officially underway.
This shipment of AM-2 Matting for the US Military is historic because it represents the first retrograde shipment to be sent along the reverse KKT route out of Afghanistan as part of the drawdown of military forces. The convoy of specialized 25-ton trucks, which are equipped to handle heavy loads in some of the most difficult terrain, winter weather, and highest mountain passes in the world, is now in transit on the reverse KKT route.
It will traverse north through Tajikistan before moving through Kyrgyzstan and entering its capital Bishkek, where the cargo will be offloaded onto rail platforms bound through Kazakhstan and Russia then on to the Baltic port of Riga in Latvia and, eventually, to a military depot in the continental United States.
"This is truly exciting," said Harry Eustace, FMN's Washington D.C. based founder and CEO. "We are honored to be an integral part of the first retrograde mission on this particular route for the US Military, and ultimately, to be assisting our forces in reaching the 2014 target dates for a near 100% drawdown."
"To be the first logistics provider to deliver on the challenge of managing retrograde options on the reverse KKT is something we're extremely proud of. We'd like to thank our Afghan trucking and logistics partner Ahmadi Karwan Logistics (AKL) and, of course, our customers' confidence in FMN's ability to execute this most important and historic mission," added Mr. Robert Hass, FMN's Dubai-based Director of Global Operations.
The reverse KKT Route, together with a route through Uzbekistan, have been designated by the U.S. as the prime arteries for the retrograde of U.S. forces and material using the already established in-bound networks on the Northern Distribution Network (NDN).
About FMN Logistics
FMN Logistics, Inc., together with its Afghan strategic alliance partner, Ahmadi Karwan Logistics (AKL), is managing the history-making movement. FMN has delivered over 4,000 containers from various locations in former Soviet Central Asia into Afghanistan and is one of the largest third party logistics providers (3PL) by volume in the region and the only U.S. owned and registered 3PL operating in the Central Asian Area of Responsibility (AOR).
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