Abbas Memarnejad, quoted by the Central News Bureau, said the Islamic Republic of Iran is the hub of international passages (north, south, east, west, TRASICA, etc.) and has relative economic preferences in transit which could not be ignored by the world countries.
He said despite negative media propaganda and efforts of international arrogance, most world countries consider the Iranian territory the safest and most economic route for transit of their commodities which in itself shows ineffectiveness of Western sanctions although it creates some problems for customs administrators.
As for special plans of the customs administration to increase transit, Memarnejad said last year transit showed an increase of 5% and this year, with regard to the measures taken for expansion of international and surface transportation, development and improvement of railroad and road network, reform of related rules and regulations, facilitating visa formalities for drivers, reducing transportation costs and other cases, the volume of transit would increase.
According to the report, out of the 10.5 million tons of goods transited over 9.245 million tons, equal to 91%, were transited through road and the remaining through railroad.
Bandar Abbas with 37% is considered the most active border in the field of transit of goods which is followed by Parviz Khan, Bazargan and Bashmaq borders with 107%, 9% and 7% respectively.
He said last year a total of 27 million people crossed the country’s customs and benefited from customs services.