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Iran and Kazakhstan form shipping JV

Iran and Kazakhstan have formed a joint venture shipping line, designed to funnel cargoes from Central Asia down to Iran’s southern coastline where a number of ports are under construction.

Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and Kazakhstan’s state-owned railway company have just formed the company, following an initial agreement signed in April last year.

Iran has a history of forming joint venture lines, most notably, Irano-Hind, a collaboration between IRISL and Shipping Corporation of India.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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