Trucks carrying commercial goods from Karachi reach Istanbul – Business
A ceremony was held Friday at the Murat Bey customs post in Istanbul to mark the arrival of the first two trucks of the National Logistics Company (NLC) carrying goods from Pakistan to Turkey, via Iran, as part of the International Road Transport Convention (TIR).
NLC trucks departed Karachi on September 28 and reached Istanbul on October 7 for a distance of 5,300 kilometers.
Senior officials of the Turkish Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Ministry of Commerce, Turkish Chamber of Commerce and Commodity Exchange (TOBB), International Road Transport Union (IRU), ECO Secretariat, Ministry of Transport of the Islamic Republic of Iran, NLC, members and representatives of the Turkish private sector related to transport, and the Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey, Muhammad Syrus Qazi, accompanied by representatives of the Embassy and Consulate General of Pakistan, participated in the ceremony .
Umberto de Pretto, IRU Secretary General, based in Geneva, also attended the ceremony.
All the participants hailed the development as a vital step in promoting connectivity and improving trade between Pakistan and Turkey.
Ambassador Syrus Qazi, in his remarks, highlighted the Government of Pakistan’s emphasis on geoeconomy and how crucial regional connectivity is in this regard.
He hailed this NLC truck test series as a historic milestone that will enhance road connectivity between Pakistan and Turkey and also help promote bilateral trade. The Ambassador noted that the operationalization of this road link will reduce the cost and time of transport.
The revival of the Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul Road Transport Corridor (ITI-ECO) will generate revenue, boost trade and increase economic cooperation among OCE member states. After this first successful race, the NLC intends to increase and regularize the transport of goods between Pakistan and Turkey, thus helping to bring the two countries closer together.