TEHRAN, Iran, Dec 18
The Deputy Governor of Iran's Khorasan Razavi Province in Economic Affairs said that Turkmenistan reopened the Lotfabad border after 9 months of closure.
"Turkmenistan has reopened the Artiq gate at Lotfabad border on December 10, after a nine-month shutdown, but that the opening was limited," Ali Rasoulian the deputy Governor of Khorasan Razavi Province said, Trend reports citing IRNA.
"According to the internal rule of Turkmenistan, the trucks carrying export cargo traveled to Lotfabad, but at the border point the trucks were delivered to Turkmenistan without drivers to the destination in the neighboring country," he said adding that this situation was not accepted by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
"According to the new decisions, the duty truck will enter Iran and transport the goods to Turkmenistan without paying tolls, so the Iran side will not have to pay additional costs," Rasoulian noted
He went on to say that the export and transit goods are transported to Turkmenistan through the three borders of Lotfabad, Sarakhs, and Bajgiran in Khorasan Razavi Province.
After a few months, Turkmenistan opened the Sarakhs railway line and then the Lotfabad land border by announcing restrictive conditions for Iranian trucks, IRNA reported.
The Lotfabad border is often used for the export of goods destined for Turkmenistan, and the Sarakhs border is mostly used for transiting goods to Tajikistan and Kazakhstan through Turkmenistan.