The head of information-analytical department of JSC "Special Economic Zone "LOTOS" Tatiana Karimova during the expo-conference "International Import and Export Day" told about the formation of a trial container route between the ports of the Russian Federation and Iran, and also informed about the possibility of Turkmenistan's participation in this project. T.Karimova said that at the moment the optimal vessel for the trial cargo transportation is selected and cargo handling is carried out in the Astrakhan sea port and other states of the Caspian region, including Turkmenistan, are expected to be involved in the implementation of the project.
Analysts estimate the potential cargo base of the international transport corridor "North-South" at 25 million tons (calculations of experts of the Russian Federation Government), and at 41 million tons (calculations of the All-Russian Academy of Foreign Trade). It is assumed that the main cargoes transported through "North-South" will be agricultural products, fertilizers, chemicals, metal products, and other products transported in containers.
"North-South", 7200 km long, will connect Indian Ocean ports and logistics centers of the Russian Federation and the European continent. Containers can be transported from India to the seaport of Bandar Abbas (Islamic Republic of Iran), from there by rail to the Caspian port of Bandar Anzali, then by sea to the seaport of Astrakhan, from where again by rail to the end consumer. Participants of the project expect that this corridor will become a more effective analogue of the delivery via Suez. According to experts, the duration of Mumbai-Moscow deliveries will decrease by twenty days, and transport and logistics costs by 30-40%.
Due to its favorable geographical location, Turkmenistan can also join the implementation of this and other transit projects.