The head of Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) of Astara in the northern Iranian province of Gilan said on Saturday that the weight of exported and imported goods through Astara Port increased by 40 percent in the first eight months of the current Iranian year (March 20-November 21) compared to the same period last year.
Rasht-Astara railway opens the way for expanding trade relations in the region, said Iran's ambassador to Azerbaijan during a joint meeting of representatives of the state-run and private sectors of Gilan Province in northern Iran.
Over 140,000 tons of non-oil goods, worth $74 million, were exported through the customs checkpoint in Iran's northwestern city of Astara during the two months from March 21-May 21, said the head of Astara Customs Administration.
Member of Board of Directors of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways Hossein Ashuri said that Azerbaijan Republic will invest $60 million to develop Astara railway freight station in west of Gilan province.
Astara is a city in the northern province of Gilan. It lies on the border with Azerbaijan Republic and along Caspian Sea shores. It is a relatively important border trade center linking Iran and the Caucasus. The majority of the people in Astara speak in Taleshi — an offshoot of Azeri-Turkic dialect. Astara has a blend of Gilan and Azarbaijan cultures.