News ID: 324441
Published: 0423 GMT October 03, 2022

Tehran-Dushanbe trade ties rising: Official

Tehran-Dushanbe trade ties rising: Official

The development of cooperation policies between Iran and Tajikistan as well as the deepening of relations between the two countries over the past two years has led to the growth of economic interactions, said Mohammad-Kazem Shirdel, the vice president of Iran-Tajikistan Chamber of Commerce, adding that bilateral trade is on the rise for the second consecutive year.

Referring to the stagnation of several years in terms of improving the level of economic relations, he said, “After the visit of the Iranian president to Tajikistan, the economic and commercial relations between the two countries are now in a favorable state as bilateral trade during the six months, to September 22, has grown by 250-300 percent compared to the related figure for last year.

Since 2013, relations between Iran and Tajikistan were not in a favorable condition due to certain events, Shirdel noted, adding that after the 13th administration took office in Iran, positive changes have been observed.

Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, the president of Iran, visited Tajikistan in his first foreign trip, and at the end of the visit, the president announced, “We have agreed with the Tajik authorities that a new chapter in the economic, political and cultural relations between the two countries will begin and the problems that will arise on the way to the development of relations will be resolved.”

Thereafter, heading a high-ranking delegation, Emomali Rahmon, the president of Tajikistan, after nine years, visited Iran in May, and agreements were made on cooperation in various fields between the two countries, Shirdel said.

Since Turkmenistan and Tajikistan had problems with each other, we could not export our goods to Tajikistan through Turkmenistan, he said, adding that most of our exported goods to Tajikistan were transited via Uzbekistan and then re-exported to Tajikistan.

He said that according to estimates, Iran exported almost $120 million worth of goods to Tajikistan during the year to March 20.

“Currently, the political and economic relations between Ashgabat and Dushanbe are in good condition and exports have accelerated. However, some necessary infrastructure in the field of trade between the two countries is not adequate.”

Shirdel continued one of the problems is in the field of transportation. Most trade between Iran and Tajikistan is carried out through rail transportation, but with the decisions that have been made for several months, the rail transportation has been ceded to the private sector, so the lack of management and supervision has created problems.

The middlemen determine the tariff of freight wagons which cause an increase in the price of transportation, he said, adding, “This issue has affected the export advantage of many products, and it is not cost-effective because it has led to an increase in the final price.”

Shirdel went on to explain that until a few months ago, $500 was paid for each wagon for the transit of goods from Iran to Tajikistan, but the middlemen caused the price of each wagon to rise to $2,200, while the figure was $1,200 until two weeks ago.

“Iranian products are appreciated by Tajiks in terms of quality and standards; enjoying a common language and culture has contributed to this issue.”

He stated that, currently, Iranian goods, from raw materials and food products to petrochemical and steel products are exported to Tajikistan. In the past, exports from Tajikistan to Iran were very small, but for several years, imports of Tajikistan products, especially cotton, have been growing.



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