Pakistan delivered the first commercial cargo from this corridor reached Turkey on October 7. Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul Road Transport Corridor Project has started operation, and the first commercial cargo delivery on Pakistani Truck reached Turkey.
The Truck departed from Karachi on September 27 and reached Istanbul on October 7, and covered the distance of 5300 Kilometers. After that, the Turkish Trade Ministry hosted a welcome ceremony to celebrate the Corridor project’s operational launch between the two nations.
The dignitaries from the three states were present for the occasion. Pakistan’s envoy to Turkey, senior Iranian officials, and the Economic Cooperation Organization members were among the guests. Representatives from the International Road Union (IRU), Turkey’s Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB), and other public and private sector organisations.
The 8th meeting of ECO Ministers of Transport and communications in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in 2011 made the decision to establish the road transport corridor.
Pakistan’s ambassador to Turkey, Syrus Sajjad Qazi, during the occasion, said: “that there is a saying in practically every language, and in our language, Urdu, as well, that drops, when added together, become a river.”
“These are the beginning droplets of a river of commerce between and among Pakistan, Iran, and Turkey, and they will bring the three people together.
The corridor project has helped Pakistan become more integrated into international trade, and Turkey’s exports to China would be able to flourish through Pakistan on the route.