Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad Freight Train is commissioned. Freight will be transported by rail in 14 days. The amount of cargo carried on the route from Turkey to Iran will increase to 1 million tons.
Turkey bases its strategic position in the region will increase to a higher level Istanbul- Tehran-Islamabad Freight Train the receiving circuit. Turkey Chambers and Stock Exchanges Union (TOBB), the Turkish report sent to investors by sea from Istanbul to Islamabad 21 days while the transport was given the last 14 days by rail. Turkey-Iran-Pakistan route will be operated in the container transport by train, as well as the transportation of cargo that can be done with conventional cars. The loads will be transferred to Zahedan, Iran due to the line difference. Freight train, Turkey and Pakistan will be loads from different points possible.
In addition, 850 thousand kilometers in Turkey in Köseköy, 2 thousand 603 kilometers in Iran, 990 thousand kilometers of the total transport time between routes in Pakistan is estimated at 14 days. While it is pointed out that the train in question will strengthen the bond between countries, it is evaluated that it will constitute an important alternative in international cargo transportation. It is stated that the transportation from Istanbul to Islamabad by sea takes about 21 days, while this railway line will shorten this transportation by one week. It is stated that this shortening will accelerate the import and export traffic and expand the trade volume.
Target 1 Million Ton Load
about 400 thousand tons of freight railroad line from Turkey and Iran held annually on the route will be increased to one million tonnes. Iran-Afghanistan between the railway connection with the completion of a wagon loaded from Turkey, bypassing Iran will be able to go to Afghanistan. Turkey while nearly 2 billion dollars of exports to Iran last year, made about 1 billion dollars in imports.
Nakhchivan Railway To Be Held This Year
In the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway ceremony, the foundation of which was laid by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on July 24, 2008, the rails will begin to be laid on the Nakhchivan Railway this year, which was brought to the agenda for the first time by the two leaders. While the decision to accelerate the project after the victories of Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, 230 kilometers of railway line from scratch will be built from Kars-Iğdır towards Nakhichevan. The line will be connected to Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Source: Barış Şimşek / Sabah