First TIR Commercial operation:

NLC Convoy leaves for Turkey & Azerbaijan

Karachi, 24 Sep 2021: In a landmark development towards regional connectivity, five vehicles of National Logistics Cell (NLC) left for Turkey and Azerbaijan under the International Road Transport (TIR) regime.

The move is a major step towards inter regional connectivity through land route capitalizing on enormous benefits of TIR’s hassle free crossing of international borders. As an official TIR operator, NLC will offer door-to-door transportation services to the business community for exports and imports of goods.

NLC organized a ceremony to formally launch the TIR freight operations. Federal Secretary Commerce Muhammad Sauleh Ahmad Faruqui was the chief guest on the occasion. representatives of trade bodies, importers/exporters, entrepreneurs and senior government officials attended the ceremony.


As many as five vehicles loaded 40-feet containers of export goods left for Turkey and Azerbaijan on Friday. Three vehicles will cross Taftan and reach its final destination Istanbul through Gurbulak Border Terminal via Iran. The journey from Karachi to Istanbul will be completed in just 8 to 10 days as against three to four weeks via traditional sea routes. The other two vehicles departed for Azerbaijan’s capital Baku which are expected to reach its destination in 7-8 days.

TIR operations herald a new era of regional market connectivity through faster means of transportation at comparatively economical freight costs. Trade via road is expected to give significant boost to trade and business activities. NLC plans to extend commercial operations to other Central Asian Republics (CARs) and China in future as well.

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