News ID: 277562
Published: 0325 GMT December 01, 2020

Iran opens third border crossing with Turkmenistan for limited transshipment

Iran opens third border crossing with Turkmenistan for limited transshipment

Iran and Turkmenistan allowed limited transshipment of goods through a major border crossing nine months after it was closed because of movement restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, said the governor of Dargaz, in northeastern province of Khorasan Razavi.

Talking to IRNA on Tuesday, Ali Farahi said the Lotfabad Customs Office is now ready to resume activities.

Rouhollah Latifi, the spokesman of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) said on Monday that the border crossing reopened at the request of the government of Turkmenistan.

Iranian exporters and businesses use four border crossings to Turkmenistan for transport of cargoes to the country and other landlocked states in the Central Asia region.

Transport through two border crossings at Sarakhs and Incheboroun has already resumed and Iranian and Turkmen authorities mull reopening the fourth crossing at Bajgiran.

A major bridge linking the namesake cities of Sarakhs on the Iranian and Turkmen side of the border came on line in June to help increase Iranian exports to Central Asia.

Iran has also installed roll-on/roll-off facilities at Amirabad port on the Caspian Sea to raise the level of exports to the region through Ro-Ro shipping to Kazakhstan’s port of Kuryk.

Iran’s growing exports of goods to neighboring and nearby countries came to a halt this year following the spread of the coronavirus.

Borders came to a near-total closure in late May when government figures showed that movement of goods and passengers had plummeted to only three percent of the normal capacity at major crossings.

Iranian authorities hope reopening of the borders while observing strict health protocols could help boost trade at a time the country is increasingly reliant on non-oil exports as a major source of hard currency.



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