Iran annually transits 12M tons of goods through 24 border terminals
Tehran, Iran, Oct. 31
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iran currently owns 24 active border terminals, through which some 15 million passengers pass annually, Deputy Roads and Urban Development Minister Davoud Keshavarzian said.
He added that some 12 million metric tons of goods are also transited through the border terminals annually.
Keshavarzian, also the head of Islamic Republic of Iran Road Maintenance and Transportation Organization, went on to note that Iran enjoys a strategic advantage of having borders with seven countries.
"Annually 135,000 trucks pass through the border between Iran and Azerbaijan," he said, adding that 50,000 of the mentioned figure pass through Bilehsavar border terminal, located in the northwestern province of Ardebil.
He made the remarks at the inauguration ceremony of Bilehsavar terminal's passenger hall.
The hall came on stream at final cost of 120 billion rials (some $3.75 million based on the exchange rate of US dollar at the free market).
"Annually one million passengers pass through Bilehsavar terminal," Keshavarzian added.
According to Ardebil province's governor, some 950,000 Azerbaijanis and 100,000 Iranians passed through Bilehsavar border terminal in the previous Iranian calendar year (ended on March 20).
Keshavarziad also added that Iran seeks to boost relations with Azerbaijan.
"Azerbaijan can also play an important role in expanding the economic relations between Iran and Russia," he noted.