The Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) said the annual cargo transit through the country’s territory in the Iranian year to March 20 topped seven million tons despite restrictions imposed at borders to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Transit of goods through Iran’s railway network rose 220 percent during the first six months of the current Iranian year (March 20-September 21), compared to the first half of last year, said the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (IRIR).
Tehran dismissed as baseless rumors on a change in transit routes linking Iran to Armenia and Azerbaijan after a cease-fire agreement over Nagorno-Karabakh region reached between Iran’s two neighboring countries.
Iran has sent two transit cargoes from Shahid Rajaee Port in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas to Uzbekistan through the newly established Iran-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan corridor under a pilot operation to assess the route.
Chabahar port in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan is considered as the most economical and fastest route for transit of Afghan goods, said the director general of the provincial Ports and Maritime Department.