India, Russia agree to fast-track goods transit via Iran

India is eyeing a bigger role in Eurasia and Afghanistan and is looking at Iran to further increase its influence. Iran is the main route of the Interantional North South Transport Corridor (INSTC) that can help New Delhi achieve its goal.

10 February 2019
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India has signed a memorandum of understanding with Russia for fast-tracking International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC) that will enable a smoother connectivity to the region via Iran, accordign to the Economic Times of India. 

The report says the MoU was signed between Russian Railways Logistics Joint Stock Company (RZD) and Container Corporation of India (CONCOR), the largest rail container transport operator in the country, for providing logistics services on INTSC, the implementation of which has been delayed for years despite a dry run on the corridor in recent years. The MoU involves study of possibilities for developing joint logistics projects in Russia and India using international transport corridors, including INSTC.   

The two countries, as part of the MoU, intend to organise joint workshop to improve Indo-Russian logistics cooperation, develop joint projects in the field of container transportation between countries, and also develop high-quality logistics services, including those aimed at further improving the efficiency of INSTC, the Economic Times writes.  

INSTC is the shortest multimodal transportation route linking the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf via Iran to Russia and Europe. India could take benefit of this route. Cargo from India can be taken to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, and from there to Bandar-e Anzali on the Caspian Sea by land. The goods can then be shipped to the Russian port of Astrakhan and from there to the rest of Europe by rail.

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