August 1, 2016
Iranian transportation companies will be exempted from tolls on Azeri roads for three years based on Azerbaijan’s new tax regulations, aimed at developing the transportation sector between the two countries, said a report.
Mohsen Pakaein, Iran’s ambassador to Azerbaijan, stated that that until recently Iranian trucks used to pay the highest toll ($320) in Azerbaijan but the new exemption rule will add to the lure of transit of goods to Russia via Iran and Azerbaijan, reported Iran Daily News, citing IRNA.
Pakaein added a railway connection is also to be launched this fall to transport passengers from Nakhichevan in Azerbaijan to the holy city of Mashhad in eastern Iran and vice versa.
The diplomat further expressed satisfaction over the regular flights launched by ATA Airlines, an Iranian airline, from Tehran to Baku and Tabriz. He said this would help promote tourism between the two nations.
Pakaein added other air links connecting Mashhad to Baku and Shiraz to Baku will become operational this fall.
The Iranian ambassador said that Tehran and Baku have also agreed on a joint venture to build a railway line connecting Iran’s northern provincial capital city of Rasht to Astara to facilitate export of goods to Azerbaijan, added the report.