Iran and Turkey resume trade across land borders

Iran and Turkey resume trade across land borders

Iran-Turkey Joint Chamber of Commerce Head Mehradad Saadat Dehgan declared in an interview with Trend that Iran and Turkey should resume trade across the land border in the coming days.

With the detection of coronavirus cases in Iran, the Turkish authorities restricted the passage for freight transport, allowing only trucks of Turkish companies to cross the border. Iran, for the same reasons, restricted entry of Turkish trucks.

– At the moment, freight traffic between the countries is not carried out. <…> But the Iranian-Turkish Joint Chamber of Commerce is making efforts to resume the exchange of goods between Turkey and Iran by rail and through the autobahns.

Between March 2019 and March 2020, the total trade between the two countries amounted to about 6 billion US dollars. The main commodities were oil, gas and petrochemical products.

Turkey recently issued a permit for the unloading of food products with a short shelf life, especially agricultural products.

The Turkey-Iran-East and Central Asia route has always been popular for exporting European goods.

– It is therefore impossible for us to completely close the borders with Turkey. Turkey is our strategic partner in cargo transit. <…> We will try to solve the land cargo transportation problem in the near future, since Iran is also a strategic partner of Turkey in this regard, Mehradad Saadat Dehgan said.

It was announced earlier that Turkey reduced its trade turnover with Iran by more than $300 million due to the COVID-19 pandemic.