News ID: 316267
Published: 0209 GMT September 13, 2021

Pakistan willing to revive Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad road corridor

Pakistan willing to revive Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad road corridor

In a bid to revive the Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad (ITI) road corridor, Pakistan’s National Logistic Cell (NLC) is all set to perform the first commercial run by transporting high-value products from Pakistan to Turkey in late September.

The revival of the ITI road corridor will improve and strengthen the regional connectivity of Pakistan with Iran and Turkey, Karachi-based newspaper Dawn reported.

In last week of this month, we are well prepared to start transporting high-value products loaded in 40-feet containers on three trailers from Islamabad to Istanbul via Taftan, Zahedan and Tehran. It will be our first commercial run to revive the ITI-road corridor,” NLC General Manager Shoaib Khakwani told Dawn.

High-value products are packed and sealed properly and generally transported from one place to another through containers so as to ensure their safe delivery to receivers. These products include textile-related equipment, raw material, electronics, plastic, household items, computers, home appliances, non-perishable food items, dried fruits, furniture and carpets.

For regional transport operations and connectivity, the national flag carrier, NLC, had been granted last month the Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR) license, admission by the Pakistan National Auth­orisation Committee of International Transport Union. Under the TIR admission, the NLC has been allowed for the movement of cargo across the borders without procedural hiccups.

Since the TIR admission is considered to be quite important to boost international trade, the NLC will have a leading role in revival of the corridor by undertaking the TIR operations to Turkey and other countries.

The goods sealed, packed after necessary legal procedures (security, customs, etc.) will not be checked on the way, as these, once loaded, would be opened only at the final destination under the TIR admission,” Khakwani maintained.



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