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    ITI Container Train of Turkey, Iran and Pakistan Starts Operation

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    ITI Container Train alias Istanbul–Tehran–Islamabad Railway will start operation in the coming period. 

    ITI Train which is a project of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) will strengthen the commercial and regional cooperation of Turkey, Iran and Pakistan, according to the statements.

    The train links three countries and provinces by rail. It was initially launched in 2009 but was suspended due to uncertainties and conflicts in the region.

    Distances and Costs Decrease

    Ahmet Cengiz Ozdemir, Chairman of the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey-Pakistan Business Council, made statements about the importance of the line. He pointed out that “ITI Train will strengthen triangular trade and make traveling easier.” 

    Ozdemir underlined that “All three countries will be able to benefit from the railway that can be integrated with air and waterways. The train line is also important for passengers as it offers lower prices when compared to other vehicles.” 

    Amjad Rafi, Chairman of the Pakistan-Turkey Joint Business Council, said that “I believe the project will not only decrease distances and costs. But also diversify Pakistani products in Europe.”

    Travel by sea from Istanbul to Islamabad takes about 21 days. However, Istanbul–Tehran–Islamabad Railway decrease the transportation from Istanbul to Islamabad to 11 days.

    ITI Container Train Creates Excitement

    1,850 kilometers (1,150 miles) of the railway line, which is 6,500 kilometers in total, is in Turkey. 2,603 kilometers pass through Iran and 1,990 kilometers through Pakistan.

    Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad (ITI) freight train is a critical railroad in the Turkish region. It will start operation in the coming period.  service in the coming period. This news has created a positive atmosphere for the business world.

    Opportunities for Neighboring Countries

    Ozdemir said that important logistics projects such as ITI will thus ensure the strong integration of Pakistan into the global economy.

    He emphasized that “The line will also provide opportunities to neighboring countries. For instance, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.”

    While referring to China’s “One Belt One Road” (BRI) initiative to connect China and Europe, he also mentioned the importance of the ITI railway for China, considering China’s investments in Pakistan and Iran.

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