The first convoy arrived in Iran from Germany via a new multimodal transit route connecting Iran and Europe via the Black Sea, said the secretary of the Iranian International Transport Association Golyamhossein Amiri, according to Iran.ru .
Iran.ru said that this new road could replace in the future that which crosses the territory of Turkey. “Two freight containers have arrived in Iran via the Armenian border,” – said Amiri. “The containers were shipped from Hamburg via a relatively short route,” – said the official.
“Over the last two years we have had problems at the Turkish border when it comes to transporting goods from Europe. This has prompted us to enter into negotiations with several other countries for alternative routes “- said Golyamhossein Amiri.
Tehran and Ankara have long been involved in a transit dispute related to the different fuel prices in the two neighboring countries. In addition, transit trucks have to wait long hours to move from Turkey to Iran. The queue at the border often reaches 15 kilometers. The agreements signed by the customs officers of the two neighboring countries are unable to solve this problem.
The security of goods in transit is another issue that hinders the transport of goods by Turkey. In Turkey, several Iranian lorries have been the victims of voluntary fires.
The Iranian government advised truckers to take two different routes: one by Azerbaijan, Russia and Belarus, and the other by Armenia, Georgia, the Black Sea, Romania and Bulgaria. “The cost of transport through the [new] path seemed to be less than 1-2% [compared to the Turkish itinerary],” Amri said.
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