coronavirus outbreak in Iran and the travel ban with Georgia has a negative
impact p on those sectors of the economy with the closest cooperation. In particular, 90% of roads in Georgia are
laid using Iranian bitumen.
According to the Chairman of the Georgian-Iranian Chamber of Commerce Vano Mtvralashvili, the main
advantages of Iranian bitumen were its geographical proximity and low prices. Now
the country should establish alternative
supply routes with other countries, otherwise,
road construction across the country will be stopped.
also imports bitumen from Iraq and Azerbaijan but in any case, Iran was the
main supplier due to logistics, ”he explains.
“In general, there is no shortage of bitumen
in the world, it can be bought in Azerbaijan,
Kazakhstan, Russia. Now we should look for alternative deliveries since the active road construction season starts
now and Georgia needs bitumen in large quantities. Our country does not have large reserves because of simplified
imports, ” Vano Mtvralashvili notes.
Mtvralashvili’s words, apart from bitumen, Georgia imports building materials, ceramic tiles, chemical
all these products are not strategically important, and can be easily replaced. The situation with bitumen is
completely different as a delay in
imports can suspend the implementation
of infrastructure projects, ” Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce says.
Businesswoman Nazi Alasania, who is actively cooperating
with Iranian partners, believes that the country should urgently find
alternative sources of bitumen supplies, as it sees serious problems with
are proposals from Turkmenistan and Russia, we also import bitumen from
Azerbaijan, but its quality is lower. The quality of Russian bitumen is better than the Iranian one, but the
problem is an advance payment that we can’t afford, ” she notes.
Alasania adds if the government helps business in prepayment, they will start importing bitumen from Russia in the coming days.
have bitumen reserves only for 2-3
weeks, we intend to go to the Tbilisi City Hall and offer the state a new
scheme for the purchase of bitumen. the border with Iran will most likely be
open by the end of the month and cooperation can be restored,” Alasania adds.
Georgia does not have a land
border with Iran -
automobile communication between the countries is carried out through
Azerbaijan and Iran. due to the anti-coronavirus travel ban, up to 60 trucks carrying
Iranian agricultural products from Iran
to Russia have been accumulated on the Georgian-Armenian border.