News ID: 272700
Published: 0158 GMT August 10, 2020

Iran-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan transit corridor becomes operational: IRICA

Iran-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan transit corridor becomes operational: IRICA

Iran has sent two transit cargoes from Shahid Rajaee Port in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas to Uzbekistan through the newly established Iran-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan corridor under a pilot operation to assess the route.

This was announced by the director of the Transit Department of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA), Mostafa Ayati, on Monday.

He said following the successful launch of Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Iran (KTAI) corridor in late July, this time, two trucks, loaded with transit goods in Shahid Rajaee Port, headed for Uzbekistan by passing through Dogharoon border crossing with Afghanistan, reported Mehr News Agency.

Ayati added, development of transit corridors passing through Afghanistan, as a short and low-cost route to Central Asian countries, is supported by both international bodies, the Iranian government and IRICA under the TIR (Transports Internationaux Routiers) Convention.

TIR Convention, also known as the Convention on International Transport of Goods Under Cover of TIR Carnets, is a multilateral treaty that was concluded at Geneva in November 1975 to simplify and harmonize the administrative formalities of international road transport.

“The opening of this corridor [under a pilot scheme] indicates that Afghanistan is seriously determined to develop the transit sector in its territory and connect Central Asian countries to the southern waters [of Iran], including the ports along the coasts of the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman (Chabahar),” he noted.

The new Iran-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan corridor can play an effective role in the development of regional trade and cooperation, contributing to lasting peace and greater security in Afghanistan.

On July 26, Iran sent two cargoes from Shahid Rajaee Port to Kyrgyzstan through the KTAI corridor for the first time to officially launch the corridor.

The KTAI corridor was established as a short and alternative route for sending goods from Iran's southern ports to Central Asian countries.

The corridor was launched by IRICA in collaboration with the International Road Transport Union (IRU), and the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) within the framework of the TIR Convention.


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