Entry-exit to be expanded on Iran’s Bazargan customs checkpoint (PHOTO)

Entry-exit to be expanded on Iran’s Bazargan customs checkpoint (PHOTO)

Urmia, Iran, Nov. 24

By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

The second entry-exit is planned to be opened at the Bazargan customs checkpoint, located on the Iran-Azerbaijan border, chief of the Bazargan customs checkpoint Ali Reza Abbaspour told Azerbaijani journalists on a visit to Iran.

He said that the construction operations are underway and this temporarily complicates the process of trucks' entering and leaving the territory.

As for increasing the transit costs, Abbaspour said that the negotiations on this issue have not yet been completed.

"The negotiations are underway," he said. "This problem will be solved in the coming days."

Abbaspour said that the province of West Azerbaijan has three border checkpoints with Turkey, one of which is Bazargan.

"This checkpoint operates more than 70 years," he said. "Its capacity is an average more than $ 16 billion a year. More than 24,000 cars cross the checkpoint a month. This is 300-400 cars a day, some of which - trucks."

He said that the cars transited this checkpoint in the direction of Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, India and Azerbaijan.

"The main cargo is the equipment for the production of food, industrial goods and construction materials," he said. "These goods are exported and imported into the country. Cotton, fabrics and fruits are exported."

Iran is known as the safest and the most convenient transit country in the world.

The Bazargan customs checkpoint is in the province of West Azerbaijan, 20 kilometers from the Maku, on the border with Turkey.

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