Iran to expand trade with northern neighbors from the Caspian Sea
The Ports and Maritime Organization is creating necessary advances to increase trade and sea transportation of export goods while it would offer various discounts for tariffs in northern ports, said the director-general of Transit and Tariffs Office at the Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization.
"There have been agreements between public and private sectors in the country to improve transportation fleet and shipment of refrigerated containers," said Khosro Sarai, Trend reports citing ISNA.
"The major issue for export of non-oil goods to the Caspian Sea countries especially Russia is lack of logistic centers in Iran and distribution through Russia," he added.
"There have been changes in trade at the Caspian Sea during recent years that requires offering new opportunities for trade services from Iran's northern ports," Sarai noted.
"There have been negotiations on improving trade with Russia as well as cargo transportation in the Caspian Sea in a recent video conference between members of Iran-Russia Joint Chamber of Commerce, officials of private sectors and Iran's ambassador in Russia," he said.
"The cargo transportation in northernports has increased while trading wood and metal have been reduced considerably. There are container terminals installed at the Caspian Sea ports and loading and unloading containers have improved," he added.
"Improving transportation of containers in Iran's northern ports would accelerate unloading and loading process as well as reduce ships idle time at the dock that would reduce costs for Iranian, and foreign businesses at Iran's northern ports," Sarai stated.
"Iran is expected to operate a wharf in Amirabad Port by the end of the current Iranian year(started March 20, 2020) to improve transportation," he noted.