Iran runs initial pilot to test new trade corridor to ship Russian goods to India

Iran’s state-run shipping company has commenced the transfer of Russian goods to India, using a new trade corridor that transits the Islamic Republic, an Iranian port official said.

Consisting of two 40-foot (12.192 meters) containers of wood laminate sheets, weighing 41 tons, the Russian consignment departed St. Petersburg for the Caspian seaport city of Astrakhan, the state-run Islamic Republic News agency said on Saturday, Citing Dairush Jamali, director of a joint owned Iranian Russian terminal in Astrakhan.

The report described the transfer as an initial pilot to test the corridor didn’t say when the cargo left or give any more details about the goods in the shipment.

From Astrakhan, the cargo will cross the length of the Caspian to the Northern Iranian port of Anzali and will be transferred by road to the southern port of Bandra Abbas on the Persian Gulf. Then it will be loaded onto a ship and sent to the Indian port of Nhava Sheva, IRNA said.

Expected to take 25 days the transfer was being coordinated and managed by the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines Group and its regional offices in Russia and India, Jamali said.

Since Russia was sanctioned over its war on Ukraine, Iranian officials have been keen to revive a stalled project to develop the so-called North-South Transit Corridor that uses Iran to link Russia to Asian export markets. The plan involves eventually building a railroad line that can transfer goods arriving at Iranian Caspian Sea ports to the southeastern.

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