The heads of railway companies of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Iran have held a tripartite meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Azerbaijani Railways (ADY) reported that railway companies’ heads discussed the prospects of reduction of term of cargo delivery from the countries of the Persian Gulf and India to Europe.
"Particularly, the sides covered the questions of organization of container transportation by land and through the ports of the Persian Gulf region and India through Azerbaijan and Georgia to Europe and back. Currently, cargo transportation from the Persian Gulf region and India to Europe takes 30-40 days, and this term on the proposed route through territory of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Iran could be shortened. It was also stated about the importance of the application of competitive tariffs for transportation via the route," ADY said.
In the course of the meeting the heads of railway companies of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Iran agreed to establish a working group on coordination of joint work on organization of container traffic via route Poti/Batumi-Astara-Poti/Batumi (in the prospect Gazvin-Tehran/Bandar-Abbas-Gazvin), negotiations with sea carriers for optimization of tariffs for transportation by sea. The parties also agreed to hold regular meetings on the specified questions and signed a tripartite protocol.