SEZ “Lotos” delegation held business talks in Iran

Sergey Milushkin, Director General of SEZ “Lotos”, considers the visit to Iran as very constructive and fruitful. The development of the North-South international transport corridor was discussed in Tehran.

Talks were held with Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development of Iran Shahran Adamnejad and Director General of the company "National Railways of Iran" Said Rasuli.

Sergey Milushkin informed the Iranian partners about the ongoing implementation of the project for the construction of a modern port with a container terminal. Negotiations are underway for setting up transport and logistics hubs and the implementation of other projects in the port SEZ. Design and survey work are currently ongoing for the construction of the first stage of engineering infrastructure.

"We intend to receive cargo as early as the end of 2023," Sergey Milushkin explained. "However, in order to launch the North-South transport corridor it is necessary to consistently remove a number of restrictions, and setting up a single operator is essential."

Shahran Adamnejad agreed with the need to introduce a single corridor operator for the development of the route. As a follow-up to the issue raised, Oleg Savchenko, Director General of the Caspian Port and Logistics Company LLC, noted the importance of the Iranian experience in developing port facilities in the Caspian Sea and the high potential for increasing cargo transportation through the territories of Russia and Iran via the North-South international transport corridor.

"Together we will create a new trade route that will allow our countries to reach a new level of trade and economic cooperation," he said.

Pavel Ishkov, Director General of the Kotlin SK logistics company, noted that the pandemic had slowed down global transportation: there are more cargoes, and fewer seats on ships.

"Now is the time to launch transportation from India through Iran to Europe. The cost is comparable to transportation through the Suez Canal, and the travel time is less," he said.

The Russian delegation was shown real-time software for tracking rail traffic and had a train tour to the logistics center and dry port "Aprin", located 20 kilometers from Tehran. It is considered as a promising transport and logistics center at the North-South international transport corridor, connecting the port cities of Iran with the center of the country via a network of railways.

A meeting of the delegation of the management company of JSC "SEZ "Lotos" with the Secretary of the Supreme Council for Special and Free Economic Zones of Iran Saeed Mohammad, representatives of the Iranian "Mostazafan" Foundation and its holding "Parsian".

Summing up the results of the visit to Tehran, Sergey Milushkin noted:

"We held constructive talks in Iran and secured support in the organization of cargo transportation through the North-South international transport corridor and the development of the Caspian cluster of special economic zones. There is an understanding of the cargo base for the near future and the infrastructure capabilities of Iran, there is a confirmation of readiness to provide the best conditions for the transportation of goods through Iran, including comfortable tariffs. There is also a great prospect for Iranian companies to implement their projects in the Astrakhan SEZ."

Photo of the press service of JSC "SEZ "Lotos".