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Iran Railroad Transit Up 50%

The government aims to increase rail transit to 20 million tons per year within the next 10 years
Cargoes transported from southern Iranian ports to Turkey and Central Asia hold the biggest share in Iran’s rail transit.Cargoes transported from southern Iranian ports to Turkey and Central Asia hold the biggest share in Iran’s rail transit.

Close to 1.6 million tons of goods were transited through Iran’s railroads in the last Iranian year (March 2017-18), indicating a more than 50% rise compared with the year before, a deputy minister of roads and urban development said.
Saeed Mohammadzadeh, who doubles as the CEO of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways, added that the government aims to increase rail transit to 20 million tons per year in the next 10 years, the news portal of the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development reported.
The Sixth Five-Year Development Plan (2017-22) is targeting 5 million tons in annual rail transit.
“We are behind schedule. To arrive at this goal, we need to establish the required infrastructure and gain the trust of cargo owners,” Director of IRIR Transit Commission Hossein Ashouri was quoted as saying by Mehr News Agency. 
The official noted that the current transit capacity in Iran allows the transportation of 50 million tons of goods per year, yet software problems and bureaucratic obstacles prevent the sector from realizing this capacity. 

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