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Transit Costs Drop 50% on Reopening of Iraq-Syria Crossing

Transit Costs Drop 50% on Reopening of Iraq-Syria CrossingTransit Costs Drop 50% on Reopening of Iraq-Syria Crossing

The reopening of the Abu Kamal-Qaim border crossing between Syria and Iraq will reduce transit costs between Iran and Syria by 50%, says the co-chair of Iran-Syria Economic Commission, Kayvan Kashefi.  
“Iranians would normally send goods to Syria either via the southern port of Bandar Abbas or Mersin Port in Turkey. Such a shipping method would cost between $4,500-5,000 for each container and take up to 40 days to complete. With the reopening of the Abu Kamal-Qaim border crossing, transit costs will drop by $1,500-2,000 and trucks will arrive at Syria within three days,” he was quoted as saying by Otaghiranonline.ir. 
Iraq reopened its Qaim border-crossing with Syria on Monday after eight years of closure amid regional turmoil, in the latest sign of normalization between Baghdad and Damascus, and a win for their mutual ally Iran.

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