Friday, June 3, 2016

Another Logistics Group Opens Consolidated Freight Link to Iran

Trucks Flowing Freely from Europe as Sanctions Lifted
Shipping News Feature
EUROPE – IRAN – As we pointed out in a recent article the lifting of sanctions is reinvigorating commerce in Iran and now another global freight and logistics company, Gebrüder Weiss, has confirmed it is expanding its transport network in the Middle East with an offering of a direct consolidated freight link between Sofia, Bulgaria, and the capital city Tehran. Daily direct freight runs are made from the Gebrüder Weiss sites in Maria-Lanzendorf/Vienna, Austria, and Dunaharaszti, Hungary, to Sofia, where goods bound for Iran are consolidated. The standard transit time is usually six working days, departing on a weekly basis.

Since the sanctions were lifted, Iran has been positioning itself as a haven for foreign investors, with the Iranian government offering tax incentives to that effect. Thomas Moser, Director and Regional Manager South-East / CIS at Gebrüder Weiss, said:

"The Bulgaria-Iran route also enables us to give our European customers rapid access to this growth region by land.”

Gebrüder Weiss is relying on the longstanding transport experience of its partner Iran Europe, to transport the goods across the final stretch in Iran. The international transport company has comprehensive experience in customs clearance and has its own branches in the central economic regions, primarily along the Persian Gulf and in the north of the country. Both companies have enjoyed a productive partnership in air and sea freight for over 16 years.

In the medium term in Iran, Gebrüder Weiss is seeking to expand its services to include full trailer load transport, project forwarding contracts and to consolidate its air and sea freight operations coming from Asia, Europe and the US.