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Freight from Central Asia in about half the time -- 13 days
Freight from Central Asia in about half the time -- 13 days

The leaders of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Iran gathered at an obscure Turkmen frontier village Wednesday to inaugurate a new rail route intended to speed up delivery of goods between Europe and Asia. The new 577-mile rail line between Ozen in western Kazakhstan and the northern Iranian city of Gorgan near the Caspian Sea provides a vital connection within the North-South Corridor project aimed at boosting trade across the Eurasian landmass, Russia's Tass and Kazakhstan's Kazinform news agencies reported. Goods traveling overland from Europe through Central Asia to Iran's Persian Gulf port of Bandar Abbas for onward shipment to China can now be delivered in 13 days,...

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