The North-South transport corridor is called "salvation" for the Russian Federation

The implementation of the idea of ​​the North-South International Transport Corridor (INSTC), linking Russia and India, has made significant progress in recent days, and this route can become a “salvation” for the Russians, writes, a resource specializing in rail transportation.

Thanks to Russia's $4 billion investment in Iran's oil fields, the key missing link of the corridor, namely the Rasht-Astara railway line in Iran, will receive far more resources to complete construction.

This is due to the fact that both sides will need an efficient transport infrastructure for the transportation of petroleum products. The railway line will also connect the port of Shahid Rajai in the south of Iran (on the coast of the Persian Gulf, near Bandar Abbas) and the port of Rasht in the north (on the coast of the Caspian Sea). Currently, only 70 percent of the line has been completed.

Thanks to Russian assistance, the construction time of the railway will be significantly reduced, and its construction is expected to be completed by mid-2023.

The North-South transport corridor has a length of 7200 kilometers and links India, Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia by sea, rail and road, which, as is commonly believed, will cut the time for the exchange of goods between Mumbai and Moscow by half.

It is expected that after the corridor infrastructure is fully completed, it will be able to handle 15 million tons of cargo per year. The corridor was originally built as an alternative to traditional sea routes.

Much policy also matters. With tough sanctions from Europe and the United States, this freight corridor, which RailFreight writes has been neglected for more than 20 years, now has high hopes. Some even see it as a way for Russia to avoid sanctions and a lifeline to boost trade with Asia.

Currently, merchant ships from India must cross the Arabian, Red, Mediterranean Seas, then bypass Western Europe and the entire Baltic to reach St. Petersburg. With the opening of the international corridor "North - South", the time of cargo transportation will be reduced from 60 to 30 days, and the cost will be reduced by 30 percent. However, geopolitics remains an inevitable factor influencing the implementation of the plan, not to mention practical issues related to customs and other features of different countries.
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  1. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
    Observer2014 29 July 2022 18: 04
    North-South transport corridor called "salvation" for the Russian Federation

    They are afraid of the dark, skeletons in the closet. The worldwide network is torn from the load. We got one parachute. So we will jump together. And we will fly .... You are so beautiful. Believe me .... laughing
  2. sat2004 Offline sat2004
    sat2004 29 July 2022 18: 45
    Here Georgia would turn on its brains, the railway route through Iran - Nakhichevan - Armenia - Georgia - Abkhazia - Russia (Crimean bridge, Little Russia) - DPR - LPR - Belarus - Poland - Baltic states - Kaliningrad is almost ready. Huge economic and political potential. The main thing is quickly and without transfers on the way. Georgia is rushing into Europe and NATO. Georgia's own example, the example of Ukraine, showed what the conquest of Europe and NATO leads to. NATO and Europe need another training ground. So the choice is yours.
    1. Bakht Offline Bakht
      Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 29 July 2022 23: 34
      This corridor will not work. Goods from Belarus and Russia will be blocked by Poland or Lithuania. The other direction is much better. Russia-Azerbaijan-Armenia-Turkey. This will make it possible to unload the western direction (under the threat of closure from the limitrophs) and ensure the delivery of containers through Turkey. Therefore, Lavrov is fighting like a lion for the Azerbaijan-Armenia peace treaty and the unblocking of the Zangezur corridor. Recently he was in Baku and Azerbaijan has already decided to expand the customs checkpoint on the Russia-Azerbaijan border.
      In Russia, by the end of the year, the throughput capacity of the checkpoint on the border with Azerbaijan will almost triple

      Against the background of the reorientation of logistics routes and supply chains of goods, there is a sharp increase in cargo transportation by road in international traffic from the western regions of Russia in transit through Dagestan
  3. Rustem Offline Rustem
    Rustem (Rustem) 29 July 2022 20: 36
    strangely, the corridor was conceived for container transportation, i.e. for high value added products. If oil products or oil are transported on this site, then the transportation capacity may not be enough
  4. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 3 August 2022 17: 16
    This corridor determines the direct access to the South for Russia, it is not only India, but also East Africa, Southeast Asia, even Australia. The absence of this is a huge omission for Russia since the old days. So to catch up for centuries with double strength and speed of construction.