First intermodal TIR operation saves five days
The first successful intermodal TIR customs transit system operation involving road, sea and rail on a corridor linking Europe to the Middle East cut the transit time by five days, resulting in significant potential to reduce costs and boost trade, according to the International Road Union (IRU).
The streamlined operation included a road leg from Slovenia to Italy, followed by a sea crossing from Trieste (Italy) to Mersin (Turkey), where the container was transferred to the railway.
The box was hauled through Turkey to the Iranian customs office at Razi, where TIR was reactivated, and continued until the customs office and rail terminal in Sahlan (Iran). There the container was placed onto an Iranian truck and continued its journey to the destination port of Bandar Abbas. (ben)