Iran exports 8,000 tons of cement via railroad to Tajikistan
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 25
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran exported 8,000 metric tons of cement for the first time via rail to Tajikistan on July 23, said Morteza Ahmadi, an official with the Iranian Railways Company.
Several sessions have been held to expand transactions with the CIS countries, he said, adding that Iran and Tajikistan railways have signed a contract in this regard, Iran's Fars news agency quoted Ahmadi as saying on July 25.
The contract was signed following to Tajikistan's request from Iran to implement transport and construction projects in that country, he said.
The expansion of cooperation with regional railways is on the agenda for boosting transit of Iranian goods via rail network, he added.
Some 35 million metric tons of goods were transited via the country's rail network in the past Iranian fiscal year, ended on March 20, a 6.8 percent rise year on year, said Hossein Ashouri, an official with the Iranian Railways Company.
Despite sanctions and economic recession, the volume of transited goods did not change notably compared to the past year, he added.
Minerals got the lion's share of the transited goods, accounting for 63 percent of the total transit volume, followed by steel, cement, and petrochemical products.