Tehran, Tbilisi seek to eliminate transit bottlenecks

TEHRAN, Jan. 29 (MNA) – A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 15 articles has been signed between Iran and Georgia in a bid to remove barriers to transit.

The cooperation agreement was inked during the 7th session of Iran-Georgia joint commission on international road transportation of goods and passengers.

Speaking during the session, Mohammad Javad Atrchian, Director General of the Road Maintenance and Transportation Organization (RMTO), said “both sides emphasized on development of transport relations between the two countries and promotion of bi- and multilateral cooperation to bolster transportation and transit relations.

The official added that a 15-article MoU had been also signed during the 7th joint commission asserting “Georgia has emphasized the need to remove barriers faced by Georgian trucks in Iran’s territory as well as facilitation of providing them with services.”

Atrchian recalled that in the meeting, the two sides discussed and exchanged views on issues related to road transport of goods and passengers, transit corridors and regional cooperation in addition to lack of convenient or efficient insurance coverage and for Iranian trucks passing on the territory of Georgia among the others.

The most significant outcome of the session will be a noticeable rise in exchange of tax-free traffic sheets which have followed an upward trend in recent years, said the official adding that within one month, the Iranian side will receive half of the envisaged number of traffic sheets which offer several benefits including development of trade relations between the two countries as well as reduction of transportation costs.

He said both parties called for facilitation of commute by Iranian buses commenting “both sides agreed that, given the significance of launching the six-party Persian Gulf-Black Sea Corridor, necessary coordination be made for holding an experts meeting.”

“In the course of negotiations, the two sides conducted talks on setting up railway to Poti and Batumi ports and at the same time, the Iranian delegation made a visit to the two ports.”

Presently, over 9,000 Iranian trucks carry export goods to Georgia through Azerbaijan Republic and Turkey every year while the figure for Georgian trucks stands at about 6,000.

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