LAHORE: Turkey and also Iran have actually contacted Pakistan to review the tariff for Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad (ITI) freight train on the basis of real weight and per kilometre as opposed to the taken care of fees for the 1,990 km trip from Iran’s Zahedan city to Islamabad.
In 2 current coordination meetings of the Economic Collaboration Organisation (ECO)– held practically on March 1 and 4– both Turkish and Iranian authorities requested their Pakistani counterparts to present the per kilometres distance fees as opposed to the fixed ones, which according to them, appear pricey to their business community as well as forwarding agents. Pakistan guaranteed Turkey and Iran to take into consideration the requests, a main source in the Pakistan Railways educated Dawn.
The ITI freight train, likewise known as the Economic Teamwork Organisation (ECO) Train, was set to resume operations on March 4 after a period of nine years. Nevertheless, messing up, negligence as well as other administrative issues for Ministry of Railways delayed the resumption of the train solution which is anticipated to begin operations later on this month.
Iran, Turkey oppose repaired products charges for 1,990 km Zahedan-Islamabad journey
According to mins of the current two meetings, Mehmat Altinosy, Ohan Akoay, Alperen Gulal and also Kaveh Sabetkalam from Turkey, Shahram Jafari, Ali Abdollahi and also Amin Pourbarkhordari from Iran, Imran Hayat, Kashif Yousefani, Ms Jehan Badar, Dr Hassan Tahir Bukhari and Shoaib Khan from Pakistan and also Ahmad Saffari and also Maryam Torabi from the ECO Secretariat attended the sessions. Optimum haul for 20 and also 40 feet containers as well as prices (0.18 euro per kilometres for a loaded 20-feet equating to unit/container, 0.23 euro per km for a packed 40-feet equaling unit/container, 0.012 euro per kilometres for conventional freight as well as 5.60 euro per heap for lake van as well as 50 per cent of the full containers for the empty containers) were gone over in detail.
Pakistan introduced settling on the tariff, currently oked formerly, for the traditional wagon (for export, import and also transit) between Turkey as well as Iran for Rs0.012 euro per km and also made clear that the rates would be determined based upon the optimum haul for the fee (20 as well as 40-feet units/containers equalling to 20 as well as 40 heaps specifically). However, the representatives of Turkey as well as Iran asked for Pakistan that rates be charged based on the actual weight as agreed previously.
On the problem of range for fee, representatives of Turkey and Iran asked for that the means of cost be computed as container/conventional wagon per kilometres and also not as fixed rate of 1,990 kilometres solitary trip for all destinations. On this, the Pakistan Railways’ reps accepted take into consideration the demand, minutes of the meeting shown to Dawn read.
In a follow-up meeting, the participants once more reviewed the products tariff related issues. On the issue of distance for charge, Pakistan, on this occasion introduced that it is dedicated to the operation of the train and also stated it will certainly implement the computation according to a fixed rate of 1,990 km solitary trip for all destinations. However, it accepted negotiate with the other 2 parties (Turkey and also Iran) and also, if asked for, to take into consideration the charge to be determined as container/conventional wagon per kilometres and not as a set rate of 1990 kilometres solitary journey for all destinations.
The rep of a products forwarding company hired temporarily by Pakistan claimed that calculating the additional prices (if any) in addition to an analogical relative report on rail and maritime charges for a clear understanding will be depicted to potential freight proprietors, the mins read.
The Turkish and Iranian reps prompted Pakistan Railways’ Principal Advertising Policeman Kashif Yousefani to offer the meeting with clarifications on the prices to be calculated based upon actual kilometers.
In a similar way, the representative of the Pakistani freight forwarding company was asked to offer a price quote of any type of additional prices, if any, together with an analogical comparative report. Moreover, the agent of a Turkish forwarding company was asked to begin arrangements with the Pakistani products forwarding firm for transferring the very first run of the train as well as update the secretariat, reviewed the minutes.
When called, Pakistan Railways Ceo Nisar Ahmad Memon stated taken care of rates introduced by his division were already subsidised and cheapest one.
“We have actually already determined them on the basis of per kilometres and then made them dealt with. These apply for three destinations in Pakistan including Islamabad, Lahore as well as Karachi,” he cleared up. Despite all this, his division has actually started working with the tariff/rates as recommended by Iran as well as Turkey, Mr Memon added.