Transit Corridors Through Iran to Connect India Central Asia
Tehran Times reported that Iran despatched two transit cargoes from Shahid Rajaei Port in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas to Uzbekistan through a newly established Iran-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan corridor quoting an official with the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA).
According to IRICA Director of Transit Bureau Mostafa Ayati, following the successful launch of Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Iran (KTAI) in late July, this time two trucks loaded with transit goods from Shahid Rajaei Port headed for Uzbekistan by passing through Dogharoon border crossing with Afghanistan.
Development of transit corridors through Afghanistan is supported by both international bodies and the Iranian government and IRICA, in collaboration with Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) are determined to develop this sector.
“The pilot opening of this corridor indicates that Afghanistan is seriously determined to develop transit in its territory and connect Central Asian countries to the southern waters, including the ports along the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman (Chabahar),” Ayati noted.
Iran sent two cargoes from Shahid Rajaei Port to Kyrgyzstan through the KTAI corridor for the first time to officially launch the corridor on July 26.
KTAI Corridor was established as a short and alternative route for sending goods from Iran’s southern ports to Central Asian countries.
This will considerably enhance trade with Central Asia for countries which have not had direct land access to the landlocked region.
Apart from the Gulf countries, India is also likely to benefit with the opening of the new corridors to Central Asia given denial of transit rights to these countries on the land route through Pakistan.
In addition Afghanistan would also be provided benefit through grant of transit fees that every cargo will have to pay for movement but cannot check the cargo. Once the Chabahar port axis becomes completely operational this will have additional spin offs.
These arrangements are facilitated through the TIR stands for “Transports Internationaux Routiers” or “International Road Transports”.
The 1975 convention replaced the TIR Convention of 1959, which itself replaced the 1949 TIR Agreement between a number of European countries.