International North-South Transport Corridor

Russia’s first rail transit cargo to India reaches Iran

The first rail transit cargo from Russia to India made its way into Iran on Tuesday through the Sarakhs border crossing. The India-bound Russian cargo travelled 3,800 kilometers through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to enter Iran after it left Chekhov station on July 6, thus, marking the official launch of the eastern section of the North-South railway corridor.

The cargo will reach India's Nhava Sheva Port via sea after being sent to Bandar Abbas port in southern Iran through a 1,600 km rail route. The transit cargo was welcomed in the Middle-Eastern country in a ceremony attended by First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber along with transport, oil, industry, and agriculture ministers as well as the vice president for science and technology.

The International North-South Transport Corridor consists of three route sections, namely East, West and Middle. Iran and Russia are also cooperating in the maritime sector to use the Caspian Sea to shorten the transit route from Russia to India. The trade route is 7,200 Km long on which the freight transport takes places through a multi-mode network of roads, ships, and railways. This route connects India and Russia through Iran and Azerbaijan.


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