Volume of transits via Iran 30 percent more than estimated
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 5 / Trend F.Mehdi/
More than 8.48 million tons of goods were transited through Iran in the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 20, 2012), which is 30 percent more compared to the figure which has been envisaged by the fifth national development plan (2010-2015), IRNA quoted Iranian Deputy Roads and Urban Development Minister Shahriyar Afandizadeh as saying.
Compared to the figure in the same period last year, it increased by 17.1 percent, he added.
In December 2012, Afandizadeh said that the major part of the Iranian transit is taken place between Iraq and the UAE, Turkey and Turkmenistan, and the UAE to Iraq which are the most important origins and destinations of transit through Iran.
Transit consignments mostly consist of fuel, oil products, petrochemicals, construction materials, cotton, home appliances, vehicles, foodstuff and fertilizers, the official pointed out.
Afandizadeh noted that developing Iran's transit infrastructure and transportation terminals as well of promoting Tehran's ties with the neighboring countries are major reasons behind the growth in transit via the Islamic Republic.