0807 GMT December 04, 2020
Moshirolhaq Abedi, the deputy governor-general of South Khorasan for economic affairs, said that the commodities from Indonesia, China, Turkmenistan, India, United Arab Emirates, Russia, and Turkey were transported to Afghanistan via the Mahiroud Border Terminal of the province, according to Mehr News Agency.
He said the weight of commodities transported during the seven-month period indicates a 23 percent growth compared to related figure for last year.
Iranian Deputy Roads and Urban Development Minister Saeid Rasouli announced on Friday that by opening the Khaf-Herat railway, the railway network of Iran and Afghanistan will be completed by November 20.
The Khaf-Herat railway has a total of 218 km in four sections, the first and second sections of which are from Khaf to Shamtigh in Iran, with a length of about 76 km, and the third section is from Shamtigh to Roznak, with a length of 62 km in Afghanistan, said the official.
This international railway has an annual capacity of 1.7 million tons of cargo transit from the CIS countries, Turkey and the Persian Gulf.
With the completion of this project, for the first time, Afghanistan can take advantage of a railway which provides access to Turkey and Europe, via Iran’s ports in the Persian Gulf.
Considering its geographical location, Iran can play a significant role in the transit of goods in the region and benefit from its status in this regard.
To benefit from its location for transit, the country has many plans underway to boost its transit capacity.
Some of these plans include developing Iran’s largest container port, Shahid Rajaee Port in the southern province of Hormuzgan, and also Chabahar port in the southeast of the country, connecting the ports to the railway network, development of transit via railway, and also some customs measures such as improving transit procedures in the customs offices.