The US Department of Defense makes approximately $500 million in payments annually to Central Asian states participating in the Northern Distribution Network. But the Pentagon won’t disclose the individual amounts that each state receives.
Beyond the commercial transit cost of each container shipped along the NDN, Central Asian states have negotiated transit fees for the use of their infrastructure. This figure collectively amounts to about half a billion dollars per year, CDR Bill Speaks, a Defense Department spokesman, told EurasiaNet.org.
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Deirdre Tynan is a Bishkek based reporter specializing in Central Asian affairs.