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Qatar-Turkey Land Route Via Iran To Significantly Cut Transportation Costs

SDI Logistics Co.,Ltd | Updated: Aug 30, 2017

THE newly-announced land trade route through Turkey and Qatar via Iran is expected to reduce the cost of transporting food items by 80 per cent compared to air freight charges, say experts. 

"The cost of air freight is ranging between US$1.2 and $1.5 per kilogramme, while the cost of road transport per kg is approximately $0.15," board member of Qatar Chamber, Mohammed bin Mahdi Al Ahbabi, was quoted as saying in a report by The Peninsula Qatar.

He noted that the new trade line will be more sustainable and reliable, and boost the Turkey-Qatar bilateral trade volume manifold, given the fact businessmen from both countries have signed scores of trade agreements, especially during their recent visit to Turkey early this month.

The sea route between Turkey and Qatar initially took 11 days, while the land route took 14 days. Recent experiments have reduced this duration to nine days, and Turkey aims at reducing the travel time to five or six days or even less.

However, the newly propounded commercial land transport line, from Turkey's Mardin city to Iran's Bushehr port, will further shorten the duration to two or three days at the most.

The distance between Mardin city and the port of Bushehr is 1,700 kilometres, which can be travelled by trucks in 22 hours, while the distance between the port of Bushehr and Qatar's Hamad port is not much and Turkish trucks can cross this distance between the two ports on ro-ro ships in just eight hours. So a truck with Turkish goods can reach Doha through this route in less than two days.

Chairman Ali Hassan Al Khalaf of Qatar Consume that runs a chain of retail outlets across the country, said: "As more and more importers start using the route, the economies of scale will come into play, which will help further reduce the transportation cost."

He said that in the coming days even the neighbouring countries of Turkey and Iran, such as Russia and Pakistan, can also benefit from the new land route to export their goods to Qatar. He also said that Iran has developed a wide network of road and rail lines, which will help make the movement of goods much smoother and faster.

Mr Ali Hassan added that unlike the previously-used Saudi land route, the Turkey-Iran-Qatar route will have fewer checkpoints, which will ensure the faster movement of trucks and lower costs.