Opening of direct land route trade with Turkey commendable: Amjad Rafi

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Staff Reporter
Karachi

Chairman of Pakistan-Turkish Joint Business Council of FPCCI, Mr. Amjad Rafi has warmly welcomed and appreciated the move by NLC that obtained permission by land route from Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR) for transportation of goods from Pakistan to Turkey.

“This will not only save shipment time but freight cost will also come down which has increased more than five times by sea at present.

This was a long pending ‘recommendation’ of PTJBC in all Joint meetings and other relevant forums.

If this goes through, in the longer run CIS countries on one side and Europe on the other will be accessible through land route,” Amjad Rafi said.

It may be mentioned here that Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad (ITI) road corridor is going to be revived by the National Logistic Cell (NLC) to perform the first commercial run by transporting high-value products from Pakistan to Turkey in the last week of this month.

The revival of the ITI road corridor will improve and strengthen the regional connectivity of Pakistan with Iran and Turkey.

The NLC is well prepared to start transporting high-value products loaded in 40-feet containers on three trailers from Islamabad to Istanbul via Taftan, Zahidan and Tehran.

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