Central Iranian dry port pushing for Silk Road registration

Business Materials 19 December 2016 19:54 (UTC +04:00)

Tehran, Iran, Dec. 19

By Mehdi Sepahvand – Trend:

The central Iranian dry port of Yazd is pushing to be registered in the Silk Road, Pishgaman Dry Port Kousar Co. Commercial Manager Hosseini Ezabadi told Trend.

China is preparing to transit goods to Europe via Iran. The cooperation will come as part of China’s plan named Silk Road and is backed by Asian Development Bank. According to the plan, China will ship its cargos to Iran, from where they will be transferred to Europe by land.

Ezabadi said the Yazd dry port is Iran’s first privately-held dry port.

“It is being constructed in an area of 700 hectares. It has access via the cross-country railroad to Bandar Abbas and Rajaei Port as well as northern Iranian ports,” he said.

He added that the first phase of the dry port is completely prepared to offer services, adding if legal gaps are filled and it becomes operational, the first phase will be able to serve 2 million tons of cargo a year.

“The dry port is expected to serve 10 million tons of cargo if it is completed, which will come in three 5-year phases.”

“We have been holding talks with Chinese partners over the past two years to register ourselves on the Silk Road and we expect to be giving good news of the outcome in the near future,” Ezabadi said.