The fourth freight train from Pakistan to Istanbul in the third week of March has finally reached Turkey.
According to a report in Techburaq, it could take another three to four days for the freight train to reach its final destination of Istanbul, which was stranded in Taftan when a Turkish freight forwarder allegedly loaded goods from Zahedan to Istanbul.
Pakistan Railways said that in order to avoid such a situation in the future, all freighters have been instructed to sign a formal agreement with freighters in Turkey and Iran before booking goods.
A Pakistan Railways spokesman said in a statement on Saturday that the container train was currently parked near Turkey’s largest lake, Van, in the east of the country.
He said the goods would be transported by ferry to the other side of the river, since there is only one ferry boat on Lake Van at the moment, so the process of transporting the containers took three to four days to complete. Will take
He said that Pakistan Railways was responsible for ITI train operations only in the areas under its control.
The spokesman said that according to the agreement, the responsibility for customs clearance, loading, unloading, transshipment, and related matters rests with the three companies, Aaron Brothers of Pakistan, Rail Pars of Iran, and MFA Logistics of Turkey.
From December last year to March this year, three of the four trains departing from Pakistan have reached their destination, but the fourth train is from Iran. Turkey is stuck on the border due to a payment dispute between Aaron Brothers and MFA Logistics.
The spokesman said that in order to resolve the dispute, Pakistan Railways officials issued instructions to Haroon Brothers who later sent their officials to Turkey, and thus the matter was resolved through talks.
He said that issues related to train delays were also discussed at the 12th High-Level Working Group meeting of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (ECO).
Meanwhile, Haroon Brothers, a national freight partner of Pakistan Railways for the Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul Train (ITI) project, said that in the current situation, the train has successfully completed four operations from Pakistan to Turkey. Yes, the fifth train is running while another train is getting ready.
“This project is in the spirit of increasing our national trade and Pakistan’s exports,” the company’s director said in a statement on Saturday.