‘Iran has capacity to transit 40m tons of goods annually’
6/11/2013 11:34:38 AM
Shahriyar Afandizadeh told IRNA that the capacity has been attained through expanding the roads network, establishing border terminals, and boosting transport infrastructures.
Over one million tons of goods were transited via Iran during the first two months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-May 21), showing 10.8 percent rise compared with the same period in the previous year, the official said.
He added that 93 countries transited goods via Iran during the two-month period of time.
The transited consignments mostly consisted of fuel, construction materials, cotton, home appliances, vehicles, foodstuff and fertilizers, he noted.
In April, Afandizadeh said that over 11.6 million tons of goods were transited through Iran last year.
Afandizadeh added that 106 countries transited their goods via Iran. Iraq, China, the UAE, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan transited the highest amounts of goods, he noted.
Meanwhile, head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization Ataollah Sadr has said that Iran earns some 14 trillion rials (about $1.15 billion) annually through transiting goods via ports.
Around $140 billion worth of goods are annually transited via Iranian ports, he added.
In February, IRNA quoted Iranian Roads and Urban Development Minister Ali Nikzad as saying that the total capacity of Iranian ports has increased by 80 million tons during the past eight years, reaching 184 million tons.