Railway Technology reported that the Iranian Steel Producers Association announced that Esfahan Steel Company has signed a USD 4.3 million deal to export rail tracks to Afghanistan. The new rail tracks will be utilised for various railway development projects. Afghanistan is currently working towards the development of its railway infrastructure. Last month, the governments of Iran and Afghanistan inaugurated the first railway link, connecting the two countries for enhancing trade.
Iran started the domestic production of rail tracks six years ago after the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways RAI made an agreement with ESCO on the manufacturing of rail tracks. In November 2016, ESCO signed a deal with RAI to produce 40,000 tonnes of U33 rails and subsequently launched its rail production line. The value of the investment was around EUR 28.2 million. In June 2018, RAI received the first domestically manufactured rail tracks, called National Rail.