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Uncertainty on the Iran-Turkey border

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 13/08/2015 (15:55)
According to some Turkish media reports, the Turkish side of the Gurbulak-Bazargan border –the main border between Turkey and Iran- was closed following an attack on an Iranian truck on the Turkish side. The reports also stated that the border was open on the Iranian side allowing trucks to enter from Turkey to Iran.

According to another news report, however, Iran’s Traffic Organisation Chief Davoud Keshavarzian denied the closure of the Gulbulak-Bazargan border later on the same day while a local media report in Turkish border city Agri cited the Agri Municipality claiming that the border is not closed. Local authorities on the Turkish side could not be reached at the time of press for clarification.

Currently, the situation of the Gurbulak-Bazargan border between Iran and Turkey is uncertain and some disruptions in trade between the two countries are possible. A regular distributor of Iranian PP and PE cargoes based in Istanbul also affirmed the obscurity over traffic at the borders. “There have been occasional closures for short intervals. It is mostly an on and off situation. We heard that an extra fee is even required for trucks to deliver to/from Iran but we could not confirm it,” he said.

Other players in Turkey did not report major concerns about deliveries from Iran, which is partly related to the ongoing downturn and a lack of demand in all polymer markets.
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