China-Kazakhstan-Iran Corridor reduces transport expense between Tehran, Beijing
Tehran, Iran, August 26
Managing Director of Anzali Free Zone Reza Masrour said the China-Kazakhstan-Iran Multimodal Corridor would play a key role in reducing transport expense and travel time, particularly between Tehran and Beijing.
With the launch of the China-Kazakhstan-Iran Corridor travel time will reduce from 30 days to 12 days and transport expenses between Iran and China would decrease to a great extent, Masrour told ISNA on August 26.
The corridor starts off as a rail route from Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region in the far northwest of China, and reaches Kazakhstan’s Aktau Port, located on the east bank of the Caspian Sea. Then goods are loaded onto vessels before they are transported to the Caspian Port in Anzali Free Trade Zone.
According to Roads Ministry's website, the first vessel contained 40 containers loaded with automotive spare parts, which arrived at the Caspian port after crossing the corridor’s multimodal rail-marine route on June 26.
Masrour said the corridor currently has the capacity to transport 10 million tons of cargo per year.