Iran's trade with Central Asia countries stuck due to closed borders
TEHRAN, Iran, Sept. 14
The head of the Iran-Tajikistan Chamber of Commerce Mohammad Hossein Roshanak said that the export situation in the east of Iran is not favorable due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, however, the exports continue through railroad transportation, Trend reports via ILNA.
He pointed out that the Sarakhs and Lotfabad border passings are closed and there is not movement there.
Sarakhs, Bajgiran, Lotfabad, and Incheboron are four land border crossings with Turkmenistan in the east of the Caspian Sea and northeastern Iran.
“Although the Sarakhs and Lotfabad borders did re-open a few days ago, several trucks had to unload their cargos and load the goods to Turkmen trucks, 200 meters after the Sarakhs border, on Turkmenistan's soil, he said.
Roshanak expressed hope that the border start functioning as usual as soon as possible.
He assessed the export situation as 'unsuitable'.
"There are several reasons, one of which is COVID-19. The other one is the uncertainty of export-earned foreign currency,” he said adding that the officials do not clarify why export-earned currencies can't be returned to the country as a commodity?
Regarding the trade between Iran and Tajikistan, Roshanak said that unfortunately, lack of a common border between Iran and Tajikistan has forced us to trade through the borders of Afghanistan or Turkmenistan."
“Meanwhile, Afghanistan's borders are not suitable due to security issues, our main problem is with Turkmenistan,” he said. “Turkmenistan does not allow Iranian trucks to transit through its territory to Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.”