Delegation headed by the chairman of “Azerbaijan Railways” СJSC Cavid Qurbanov visited Iran.
According to the schedule of the visit chief executives of railway agencies from Azerbaijan, Iran, and Georgia and representatives of German national company “Deutsche Bahn” (DB), which is one of the top global railways companies, held joint meeting. The meeting’s participants were chairman of “Azerbaijan Railways” CJSC Cavid Qurbanov, CEO of “Iran Railways” Mohsen Purseid Aghayi, CEO of “Georgian Railways” JSC Mamuka Baxtadze and Executive Director of “Deutsche Bahn” (DB) Andre Hempel. The meeting’s agenda included discussions related to development perspectives of the South-West international transport corridor. Opinions regarding to realization mechanisms of the cargo transportation via this corridor from India and Persian Gulf states to Europe and vice versa were exchanges. It was noted, that South-West corridor is the most convenient road for cargo movements within the mentioned directions. During the meeting, participation of DB in transfers via the mentioned corridor was discussed and the German railway representatives expressed their interest in transportations via this road from Europe to India and Persian Gulf states. Participants, upon acquaintance with technical information regarding dispatch of a test train, which was the topic of long term discussions, with participation of DB, agreed to send one at the end of November via South-West corridor. According to the agreement, a test train that consist of 41 container will start its journey from Constanta harbor in Romania and will reach Tehran in 8 days. Containers will be shipped by sea from Constanta to Georgia, then by train to Azerbaijan’s Astara station, then from Astara by tracks to Iran’s Qazvin station, and from there, again by train, to Tehran. Therefore, German company “DB” will participate in cargo transportation through South-West road and this transport corridor will start its production. It should be mentioned, that South-West transport corridor is functioning through Persian Gulf / India – Iran – Azerbaijan – Georgia – Black Sea – Europe road. South-West transport corridor was created on the initiative of the chairman of “Azerbaijan Railways” CJSC Cavid Qurbanov. The first presentation of the project was January 14, 2016 in Baku and at the same time related agreement was signed by railway authorities of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran and Ukraine. The main benefit of South-West Transit Road in comparison with alternative roads (particularly with the Suez Canal) is the reduction of transit time and distance in two-three times. For example, transit time form Persian Gulf and India to Europe will take 30-40 days in general, but South-West road will cover the same distance in 15 days.
It should be mentioned, that during current visit in Iran the chairman of “Azerbaijan Railways” CJSC Cavid Qurbanov had bilateral meeting with the CEO of “Iran Railways” Mohsen Purseid Aghayi. During the meeting, latest information related to construction of railways between Astara (Azerbaijan) and Astara (Iran) stations and the railroad bridge over Astarachai at the border of two counties was presented, state of construction activities was discussed. At the same time, participants exchanged opinions regarding to technical features and future activities of cargo terminal that is constructed in Iran’s Astara station.