Sarakhs border accounts for 94 percent of Iran’s rail transit

Business Materials 31 December 2012 12:55 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 31/ Trend G.Mehdi/

Nearly 94 percent of rail transit via Iran is carried out through Sarakhs border, in the northeast of the country, IRNA quoted Khorasan Razavi province's railways director Mohammad-Hadi Ziyaee as saying.

Some 80 percent of border trade between Iran and Turkmenistan is conducted via rail routes through Sarakhs, he added.

During the first four months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20-July 21), 1.85 million tons of goods were exchanged between Iran and Turkmenistan via Sarakhs, he noted.

In October, the Iranian deputy roads and urban development minister Shahryar Afandizadeh, said that the volume of transited goods via Iran has increased by 75 percent compared to four years ago.

Afandizadeh told IRNA that over 5.8 million tons of goods were transited via Iran in the first half of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 20, showing 25 percent growth year on year.

He added that 2.4 million tons of the transited goods were oil products and the rest were non-oil products.

The highest volume of the transited goods was related to transiting 1.8 million tons of goods from Iraq to the UAE.

Afandizadeh said that more than 100 countries are currently transiting their goods via Iran.