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Aras Free Zone to Boost Export

A new bridge to be built in Aras free zone will improve export from the region to the neighboring Azerbaijan.

Tehran, 29 October 2005 - Aras in northwest Iran is one of the newly established free zones of Iran which helps improve export-import between the country and its neighbors, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Nakhchivan.

The zone's unique location and its railway access to the newly-independent states of former Soviet Union, its history of export-import, and the facilities provided for export are among the features making it worthy of notice.

Meanwhile, Jolfa port located on the shores of Aras River running on the country's northwestern borders is to improve its activities to be turned into a megaport of the region.

The port possesses one of the most active customs of Iran due to its favorite geographical location and the amount of transaction carried out there. It furthermore enjoys large public warehouses, trained personnel, and proper infrastructures for transportation.

With road transportation boosting among Iran and the northern neighbors, the key bridge on Aras River on the borders of Jolfa-Nakhchivan known as "Wooden Bridge" was restored some ten years ago helping improve trade situation there. Moreover, based on protocols under consideration between Iran and Azerbaijan, another larger bridge is planned to be built alongside the existing one in the future.

Statistics show that in 1382 (2003-3004) some 750,000 people have commuted from Jolfa of Aras Free Zone, 42% of whom were foreigners. More than 21,000 tons of goods have been exported from the port to other parts of the world. In the first half of the previous year too more than 370,000 people traveled to and from there, 34% of whom were foreigners.

The low number of incoming travelers of Aras Free Zone and the fact that in 1382 the area's export rate has been three times that of its import may be an indication that the port should focus its development programs on export rather than import.

... Payvand News - 11/6/05 ... --

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