Mehran border terminal is placed in Ilam province, west of Iran and 12km far from Mehran city. The distance of this border to the center of Ilam province is 105km. It is to be noted that the nearest city of the opposite country to this border is zarang whit 15km distance.
Mehran border is closest and easiest way for Holy shrines (Najaf and Karbala) pilgrims and because of special situation of this border, the importance of this terminal is quite obvious. This border terminal is known as authorized official border by the act of cabinet on January 17, 2000.
Effort on regional development policies of Iran ,the existence of essential potentials including nearness to Iraq and Holy shrines, Iranian and foreigner pilgrim's interest in traffic through Mehran border to Iraq and vies versa, the easy access of Iranian and foreign traders to Middle East markets, coordination in construction the borders of two countries with the goal of giving better services to the passengers and citizens of both sides, removing barriers and integrating regulations and procedures, Iraqi pilgrims interest for pilgrimage the Holy Mashhad, to recommend Iraq to pass passenger and goods transportation fleet with the aim of reducing transit costs, attempt to launch Iraqi consulate in Ilam with the goal of improving relations and reducing the troubles of pilgrims and foreign citizens are the impotent issues of Iran-Iraq in the field of international relations.
In order to organize passengers traffic and provide necessary facilities for pilgrims (travel Karbala through Mehran border), implementing a comprehensive plan of Mehran border terminal started in a land with 42 hectares area. It is to be noted that decontamination plan was performed in two phases:
First phase: passenger hall, area and parking-lots which has been completed and utilized on Nov 20, 2009.
Second phase: commercial site including: commercial hall for goods arrival and departure, parking-lots for trailers and trucks and bathroom which have been completed.
It is to be noted that the area of passenger hall is 4500 square meters, the area of commercial hall is 2200 square meters and more than 219 Billion rials have been expended for implementing the comprehensive plan of this border terminal.