Sat. Oct 1st, 2022

According to an Iranian port official, Iran’s state-run shipping business has begun its first transfer of Russian products to India via a new trade corridor that passes via the Islamic Republic.

The Russian cargo is two 40-foot (12.192 metres) containers of wood laminate sheets weighing 41 tonnes that left St. Petersburg for the Caspian Sea port city of Astrakhan, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency, citing Dariush Jamali, director of an Iranian-Russian terminal in Astrakhan.

The report did not specify when the cargo, which was designated as a “pilot” transfer to test the corridor, left or provide any other information on the products in the shipment.

The cargo will be transported by road from Astrakhan to the northern Iranian port of Anzali and then to the southern port of Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf. According to IRNA, it will next be placed onto a ship and transferred to the Indian port of Nhava Sheva.
The move, according to Jamali, would take 25 days and is being planned and supervised by the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines Group and its regional offices in Russia and India.

Since Russia was sanctioned for its actions in Ukraine, Iranian officials have been eager to restart a dormant project to build the so-called North-South Transit Corridor, which would utilise Iran to connect Russia to Asian export markets. The concept calls for the construction of a train line that will transport commodities arriving from Iranian Caspian Sea ports to the southern port of Chabahar.

By adele rose

Adele Rose is the senior editor and employee of WGBS Pvt Ltd Digital wing.

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