Rimdan Border Crossing Focal Point of Regional Transit Routes
TEHRAN (FNA)- Rimdan border crossing in the Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan plays a pivotal role for trade routes between Iran and other countries, a local economic official said, adding that it can connect China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to Russia, Central Asia and Europe.
Managing Director of Chabahar Free Trade Zone (CFTZ) Abdol Rahim Kordi said on Tuesday that Rimdan border crossing plays an important role in easing of transit routes in the region, noting that it has not only connected Iran to Pakistan, but has also linked the Chabahar region in Southeastern Iran to China and Pakistan.
Kordi noted that Rimdan is the gateway into Asian economies.
“The border crossing is considered an important bridge between the transit points of Chabahar and Gwadar, which is also the strategic border between Pakistan and Iran,” he added.
In relevant remarks last week, Deputy Director of Sistan and Balouchestan Department of Ports and Maritime Organization Hossein Shahdadi said that Chabahar port is turning into a new hub for trade and industry in Iran and even the entire Central Asian region.
Shahdadi said on Saturday that Chabahar is going to become a commercial and industrial hub not only for Iran but for the whole region, adding that major economies like China, India, Pakistan and the Persian Gulf littoral states are keen on investing in Chabahar port.
“Chabahar did not have any free trade zone before the victory of the Islamic Revolution,” he said, adding that it was a simple port where foreigners were active in its health sector.
The official stressed that now CFTZ enjoys numerous capacities, including fisheries, industry and tourism alongside its strategic situation in terms of having two land and sea borders in Southeastern Iran.
“It is expected to become a golden point for Asian countries to access global markets,” he anticipated, noting, “Iran has set up various educational and academic centers for all walks of life to train professional workforce; so, the port city has turned into a hub for other nations to find job opportunities and medical equipment there.”
Shahdadi stated that the Chabahar is considered the only ocean port in Southeastern Iran, where giant ships can dock safely.
He further said that Chabahar is the fourth important port in Iran, which is used for loading and unloading of 20 percent of basic foods.