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IRU hails first Indian-Afghanistan TIR transit

[ March 17, 2020   //   ]

The first intermodal transport using TIR from India to Afghanistan via Chabahar port in Iran was completed in early March, reports the International Road Transport Union (IRU).

Carrying factory line components, the operation took seven days in total – five by sea and two by road from Chabahar port in Iran to the final destination in Afghanistan – 3-4 days less than the traditional route from Bandar Abbas port. It was also the first TIR operation started from India and by an Indian TIR carnet holder. Chabahar is the only Iranian port with direct access to the Indian Ocean.

The operation is based on the Chabahar transit agreement signed between India and Iran. The IRU said that the opening of new corridors is especially important given the corona virus outbreak as faster and more secure routes ensure that goods get to those who need them.