BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 25. Iran is taking steps
to develop commerce with Azerbaijan, Iranian Deputy Minister of
Trade, Mine and Commerce and Head of Commerce Promotion Group
of Iran (TPOI), Alireza Peymanpak mentioned at a press convention on
June 25 answering a query from Development correspondent.
“At current, the difficulty of accelerating the world of the Astara
border checkpoint between the 2 nations is on the agenda. The
border checkpoint is positioned on the North-South Hall. On this
path a brand new bridge over the Astarachay is presently beneath
building. As a result of though the Astara border checkpoint is
working on the most degree, vans nonetheless have to attend for
a number of days,” the minister added.
However, Iran’s Khazar Sea Transport Strains Firm is
conducting discussions to buy a number of new ships to extend
cargo transportation between the 2 nations, Peymanpak
In keeping with the minister, one of the crucial essential
infrastructures for growing commerce and transit hyperlinks within the
North-South hall is the Rasht-Astara railway line.
“The development of the Rasht-Astara railway line will start at
the expense of the Iranian authorities. On the identical time,
discussions had been held with the Russian facet, and Russia introduced
its readiness to spend money on the development of this railway line.
The commissioning of the railway will enable resolve the primary downside
within the North-South Hall. At the moment, the North-South Hall is
about 30 % energetic. Via the hall, cargo is transported
from South East Asia and India to Center East,” he mentioned.
The inspiration of the ‘Worldwide North-South Transport
Hall’ was laid on the premise of an intergovernmental settlement
signed between Russia, Iran, and India on September 12, 2000.
In complete, 13 nations have ratified the settlement, together with
Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Russia, Turkey, and so forth.
The aim of making a hall is to scale back the supply
time of cargo from India to Russia, in addition to to North and West
Europe. Supply time on the present route is greater than 6 weeks, it
is predicted to be decreased to three weeks through North-South Transport
The 175 km lengthy Qazvin-Rasht railway was formally put into
operation on March 6, 2019, to attach Azerbaijani railways with
the Iranian railway community inside the hall. As well as, the
167 km lengthy Rasht-Astara railway line should be inbuilt Iran.
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