RZD Logistics, a subsidiary of JSC UTLC, has launched rolling stock spare parts shipping form Russia to Iran, in the framework of International North–South Transport Corridor development The first batch of 15 cars is expected to arrive at the Sarakhs station at the border crossing between Turkmenistan and Iran on October 25, 2015. Up to the end of 2015 RZD Logistics is planning to make 4 shipments.
According to Dmitry Antonov, advisor to the President of UTLC, who coordinates the project, the UTLC Group is working hard to get additional transit cargo on the North–South Transport Corridor.
“At the present large cargo flows go through the Sarakhs and the Inche-Barun border crossings. But the difference in gauge size in Russia and in the Eastern countries is hampering the Transport Corridor development. That’s why the additional rolling stock is in high demand in Iran. So we expect it will be a long-term project for RZD Logistics, – said Dmitry Antonov.
The project includes 100-150 cars shipments per month. The North–South Transport Corridor allows to reduce the cost of shipping by 20-30%, as well as the delivery time in comparison with the Suez Canal.