Tuesday, August 25, 2009

First Pakistan to Turkey Freight Train Arrives in Tehran

New routes maiden run
Shipping News Feature

TEHRAN – The first Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) freight train, which originated from Pakistan and is destined for Turkey, arrived in Tehran on Sunday.

The Iranian Roads and Transportation Minister Hamid Behbahani, ECO Secretary General Khurshid Anwar, and ECO member countries’ ambassadors to Tehran attended the welcoming ceremony of the ECO train.

The Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul train left Islamabad’s Margala Station on August 14 for the inaugural 6,500-kilometer journey which is scheduled to take 15 days to complete..

According to reports by Mehr News, the train is carrying 20 containers, 14 of which will be off-loaded in Tehran while the remaining six are bound for Istanbul.

The successful maiden run of the route promises to open up a new freight corridor that could link Europe and South Asia without the need for container ships.