TEHRAN (Iran News) – Official Reveals Details of Trade With Turkey and UAE. An official in Iran’s Ministry of Roads and Urban Development in an interview with ILNA revealed the details of agreement for trade with Turkey and the UAE and reiterated that Iran should have its trade share from transit of goods from its lands.
On Wednesday, Al-Khaleej Online reported that Turkey has signed two separate deals with the UAE and Pakistan that have reactivated the International Road Transport (TIR) system that allows goods to cross international borders tax-free en route to their final destination in another country.
Head of Bureau on commercializing and formation’s affairs of roads ministry Mr. Amin Tarfe revealed details of this agreement and said Iran should act more smartly regarding Turkey’s trade with its southern countries in the field of trade and production in order to have its own share of this route and develop it.
He went on to say that these co-operations will be under the TIR carnet mechanism that Iran will also benefit it and by the way it will be to the benefit of the other parties signing the agreement in terms of time and cost.
He added that in the past Iran had such co-operations, adding that in the period when Qatar was in economic besiege and all of its borders even its air border were closed, the corridor of Iran-Turkey and Qatar was immediately activated and in the shortest time Qatar could have access to its required goods.
Tarde reiterated that in that certain period and in cooperation between Iran and Turkey a new corridor in the form of a MoU was signed between the three countries which could let Iran and Turkey provide Qatar with its required goods both from the land or air routes.
He noted that this corridor is still alive but it is used for certain goods. Touching upon the agreement for transit of goods from Iran by Turkey, the UAE and Pakistan, Tarfe said this agreement is not a new agreement and it is not also a new corridor among Iran’s neighboring countries.
He added all these activities are done under the Tir Convention and for this reason countries are keen to cooperate under this frame.
He noted that goods can be transited through Iran without any stop based on the guarantees of the owners of the goods and transportation companies.
He reiterated that on the trade route of Turkey to southern countries, Iran should act more wisely in the field of trade and production in order to get its own share and develop it.
Not only will the deals reduce the cost of imports and exports, but they will also reduce the journey time from the 20 days that it normally takes through the Suez Canal.
According to reports, Turkey will benefit from using the port of Bandar Abbas in Iran. Sealed containers will be shipped from Sharjah in the UAE to the port, and then taken overland to the Bazargan-Gurbulak border crossing between Iran and Turkey. The journey time will be cut to around 6-8 days for goods coming from the UAE, and 10-12 days for goods coming from Pakistan.
A trial journey saw a truck began its journey in Ras Al-Khaimah before driving to Sharjah. There the container lorry was loaded onto a vessel for the crossing to Bandar Abbas. Once in Iran, it went by road to the Bazargan-Gurbulak border crossing, arriving in Iskenderun on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey less than a week after leaving Ras Al-Khaimah.