More than 110 countries use Iran route to transfer goods
Azerbaijan, Baku, August 2 /Trend/
A total of 111 countries transited 3.25 million tons of cargo from Iran's transit network during the last solar year (ended March 20, 2011), IRNA reported quoting Deputy Minister of roads and transportation Shahriyar Afandizadeh as saying.
"During the first fourth months of this year, a total of 2.720 million tons of goods were transferred using Iran's transit roads, while 305,000 tons were transferred via railway", he said.
Around 9.4 million tons of goods were transferred by way of Iran last solar-year, indicating 34 percent growth.
The ministry plans to increase the volume to 12 million tons during the current year, which requires cooperation with other countries.
It's expected that Iran will also increase its grain transit with neighboring countries. "Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine aim to increase their grain transit to 35 million tons by 2020, which is good for Iran's transit route", he said.
Iran is to sign an agreement with Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Qatar, and Oman to boost the transit routes. Cargo transit is expected to increase to 40 million tons.