“The development of Iran-Russia trade requires solving transport problems in third countries”
TEHRAN – President of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce. Industries, Mining and Agriculture (ICCIMA) said that solving problems related to the transport of goods via third countries is the prerequisite for the development of Iranian-Russian economic relations.
Gholam-Hossein Shafeie made the remarks during a meeting with Vladimir Obydenov, chairman of the Russian-Iranian Business Council (RIDS) on Tuesday, the ICCIMA portal reported.
“To send their goods to Russia, Iranian traders have to go through third countries, which always causes them difficulties,” Shafeie said.
During this meeting, the official also stressed the need to establish a joint chamber of commerce with the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).
He pointed to the lack of necessary infrastructure, especially in the transport sector, and called for cooperation between the two countries to remove existing restrictions on trade and investment between Iran and Russia.
The head of ICCIMA further highlighted the comprehensive relationship between the two countries over the past few years and said, “To achieve the goals set out in the comprehensive cooperation plan of the two countries, we need to resolve some infrastructure issues. and the first point is to solve the problems related to transport.”
Regarding maritime transportation of exported goods, he pointed to Iran’s inadequate port infrastructure and called the unavailability of ro-ro ships a serious weakness in trade relations between the two countries.
According to Shafeie, the two countries now face many problems not only in the maritime field but also in the rail and road transport sectors, including the low speed of rail transport and the rising cost of goods.
Later in the meeting, Obydenov for his part noted that the economic relations between the two countries are on an upward trend.
He mentioned the creation of a center in Russia to provide business and legal services to businessmen of the two countries and, in some cases, to support them financially.
This center will try to establish the necessary communication between the traders of the two countries by introducing them to each other, he said.
Photo: ICCIMA chief Gholam-Hossein Shafeie (right) and RIDS chairman Vladimir Obydenov meet in Tehran on Tuesday