Made from more than 30,000 shipping containers transformed into warehouses and shops, the Dordoi bazar is the largest trading hub between China and Europe. Now the thousands working there are waiting with baited breath as Kyrgyzstan is on the brink of integration with the Eurasian Economic Union. The new EEU customs regulations will be announced within a few days and could lead to the definitive decline the bazar’s main activity: re-exportation.
Dordoi bazaar is a State within the state and the heart of Kyrgyz’s economy. From cigarette sellers eeking out a small space for their hopeful start-ups in a space between two alleys, to the wealthy families selling Turkish carpets in multiple stores, everything – and everyone – can be found in Dordoi. While traders are selling their wares, an army of truck drivers, porters, compactors, facilitators and money changers, cooks, taxi drivers, administrators and security staff keep the goods flowing smoothly through Dordoi’s strictly organized system.
Text: Jérémie Berlioux