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Published: 0242 GMT January 30, 2022

Iran’s 10-month goods transit rises by 75%: IRICA

Iran’s 10-month goods transit rises by 75%: IRICA

By Reza Abesh Ahmadlou

Transit of goods via Iran increased 75 percent during the 10 months to January 20, compared to the corresponding figure of the preceding year, announced the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA).

Alireza Moqadasi said on Sunday that over 10.22 million tons of goods were transited via the country during March 21, 2021-January 20, 2022, IRNA reported.

“It is predicted that by March 20, the annual transit of commodities from our country will hit 12.4 million tons,” said the IRICA head.

One of the main policies of the government is to develop trade with neighbors and facilitate the shipment of goods, he noted.

All organizations related to transit should work on the growth of transit, shortening the time of transit of goods through the country and cost-effective transit of goods through Iran, Moqadasi added.

“Launching the Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul (ITI) corridor, connecting the Sea of Oman to the Black Sea, launching the e-TIR system between Iran and Turkey, and Azerbaijan as well as implementing the Iran-Azerbaijan-Russia transit agreements and launching the UAE-Iran-Turkey corridor are among the measures that can lead to the growth of the country’s transit,” he said.

Iran is one of the countries that has a special status in trade and transit relations due to its strategic location and special geography, as the country is the passage of several important international corridors.

The annual cargo transit through the country’s territory in the year to March 20, 2021 topped seven million tons despite restrictions imposed at borders to curb the spread of the coronavirus, according to official statistics.

The customs facilities at Shahid Rajaee Port, Iran’s largest container port on the Persian Gulf, processed a bulk of the transit cargoes last Iranian year with over 3.3 million tons of shipments registered at the facility for passing through Iran to other countries.

The Bazargan border crossing, located on the northwestern frontier with Turkey, came second at 0.7 million tons, followed by Bashmaq crossing at the border with the Iraqi Kurdistan at 680,000 tons.


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