After trial run in June, sanctions-proof corridor takes off via Iran to Russia


Tribune News Service

Sandeep Dixit

New Delhi, 12 July

Iran on Tuesday held an elaborate ceremony to welcome the first Russian cargo bound for India through the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), a sanctions-proof land-sea transport corridor passing through a dozen countries .

Iran says the transport of cargo through the north-south corridor has entered the operational phase after completing the testing phase in June when goods were transferred between Russia and India.

The project remained in the early stages of execution for several years. But due to the new circumstances and the disconnection of Russia and Europe, this corridor has once again come into the limelight for the purpose of carrying goods between India and Russia. Indicating the importance of this initiative, Russian cargo of 39 containers was welcomed by First Vice President Mohamed Mokhbar along with the Ministers of Transport, Oil, Industry and Agriculture in Iran. A train departed Chekhov station on 6 July and traveled 3,800 km through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to enter Iran. The cargo will be transported via a 1,600-km rail route to the Bandar Abbas port in southern Iran and finally to India’s Nhava Sheva port by sea.

Mokhbar said Iran’s transit capacity has increased to 20 million tonnes and further investment and planning could increase it to 300 million tonnes. The North-South corridor consists of three route sections, namely East, West and Central. Iran and Russia are also collaborating in the maritime sector to use the Caspian Sea to shorten the transit route from Russia to India. Earlier this week, the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) announced that it has handed over 300 containers to transport goods between Russia and India.

cargo on the way

  • A train had left Russia’s Chekhov station on 6 July and traveled 3,800 km through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to enter Iran.
  • The cargo will be transported via a 1,600-km rail route to Bandar Abbas port in southern Iran and eventually to India’s Nhava Sheva port by sea.


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