Mehran is one the important cities in Ilam province and is regarded as one of the strategic places in Iran.
Internationally-speaking, Mehran is important since it is located on Iran-Iraq borders. Meharn has 225-kilometer joint borders with Iraq in three Iraqi provinces; Maysan, Wasit and Diyala.
Mehran enjoys enormous oil and gas reservoirs. Iranian ministry of oil is drilling wells in this region. Five regional rivers named Kanjan Cham, Changooleh, Gavi, Tedooleh, and Godar pass through this city and pour into Iraq.
Mehran has hot and dry weather. During summer days the temperature reaches to 50º C.
There are fertile lands in this region such as Mehran Plain, Mohsen Abad Plain, Amir Abad Plain, and Saleh Abad Plain.
In light of its special conditions and its proximity to three Iraqi provinces and its capital and holy shrines, establishment of Mehran Free Trade-Industrial Zone is of special importance. Due to its proximity to Tehran-Khoozestan highway and Ilam-Kermanshah highway, Mehran Free Trade-Industrial Zone can play a great role during Shiite religious ceremony of Arbaiin when 1.5 million Iranian pilgrims pay visit to holy shrines of Iraq.
Establishment of Mehran Free Trade-Industrial Zone can play an instrumental role in the development of the province and export of various types of goods to Iraqi target markets.