Information published on 4 February 2020 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 677.

Iran: Launching the Istanbul-Tehran- Islamabad (ITI) container train

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The railways of Turkey (TCDD), Iran (RAI) and Pakistan have agreed to resume and launch the operation of the container train running between Istanbul-Tehran- Islamabad (ITI) as soon as possible.

The operation of this container train comes under the framework of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO). At the transport committee meeting of the Regional Planning Council (RPC) of ECO held at the ECO Secretariat in Tehran in January 2020, the Council noted that all necessary preparations for dispatching the ITI Container train including agreement on unified tariffs and the timetables of the train in each country have already been fulfilled, and recommended that the the ITI Container Train be dispatched as soon as possible. As a result, the en-route countries of this train are publicising the launch of the train in the media and also among the commercial communities in order to dispatch this train as soon as possible.

The railway cargo of this train is scheduled to be transported from Turkey to Europe and the container train is to use the Marmara undersea railway tunnel in the near future.

Iranian Railways is ready to provide more information and detail in this regard.

For further information please contact Ali Abdollahi, International Affairs Department, Iranian Railways:

ali.abdlhi@gmail.com