Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan Agree to Form Joint Shipping Line

A shipping line will be established between the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan as agreed by the relevant authorities of the four countries, an Iranian official announced.
Deputy CEO of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization for Ports and Economic Affairs Farhad Montaser Koushari said that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the PMO and one of the foreign shipping companies operating in the Caspian Sea area, in which, Ro-Ro- vessels in all the Northern ports of the country will be subject to the discount and regular Ro-Ro shipping line will be launched between Iranian, Russian, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan ports.
Addressing a ceremony of signing the MoU, Montaser Koushari pointed out that as per the MoU, the four sides emphasized the need for expanding and developing transportation of goods via Ro-Ro vessels in the Caspian Sea.
Referring to the existing restrictions for the entry and transit of land fleet to the Commonwealth Independent States (CIS) and Caucasus region, he said that taking advantage of existing maritime capacities and Ro-Ro vessels in ports of Amirabad and Noshahr should be put atop agenda.
Koushari reiterated that in order to develop and boost cooperation with neighboring countries, the transit of Ro-Ro vessels will soon be launched according to the scheduled program.
“Upon signing and sealing MoU, we will witness evermore development and expansion of maritime cooperation with northern countries,” he added.
Koushari reiterated that presenting a discount of up to 80 percent on all ports fee, customs duties, and port costs for Ro-Ro vessels in all Northern ports of the country have been cited as one of the most important features of the MoU inked between PMO and a foreign shipping company.
In a relevant development, a Working Group has been formed in the presence of representatives of the International Transport Association, Road Maintenance and Transportation Organization’s Transit Office, shipping lines, and companies in the Caspian Sea to make optimum use of the capacities of Iran’s Northern ports.

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