TEHRAN (Iran News) – Afghanistan Ministry of Transport announced on July 17 that the country’s third transit cargo ship has sailed to India through the Iranian port of Chabahar.
The shipment of transit goods was sent to India through the Iranian port of Shahid Beheshti in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, iranpress.com reported.
Chabahar is located in southeastern Iran, on the Gulf of Oman. It serves as Iran’s only oceanic port, and consists of two separate ports named Shahid Kalantari and Shahid Beheshti, each of them has five berths.
The shipment was sent despite reports by certain regional media that have recently claimed the Iran-India-Afghanistan tripartite cooperation development project through the port of Chabahar had failed.
Afghanistan’s first and second transit cargo of dried fruits was exported to India through Chabahar port about twenty days ago.
Meanwhile, Indian doated wheat is being transported to Afghanistan through Chabahar port and so far five shipments carrying the wheat have been transferred from Chabahar to Afghanistan.
The port of Chabahar is of great importance to India due to the port’s strategic location and closest access to landlocked Central Asian countries such as Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan.
New Delhi, Kabul, and Tehran inked a trilateral deal in 2016 to develop Shahid Beheshti Port as a hub for the transit of goods from India to landlocked Afghanistan.
The caretaker of the Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Trade, Hossein Modarres Khiabani said at a meeting of the Sistan and Baluchestan Economic Working Group in Chabahar on July 10 that Chabahar Port will soon become the third commercial hub of Iran due to its infrastructure, capacities, and strategic position and will be located next to Bandar Abbas and Imam Port.
Chabahar port, with its 300 km water border in the Oman Sea as the only ocean ports in Iran, outside the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz on the shores of the Makran Sea (Oman), has a very important role in developing trade, export, and import of goods and fishing.
On July 5, Director General of Chabahar Free Trade Zone Organization (FTZ) Abdul Rahim Kordi said that Chabahar will soon outshine the Suez Canal in providing a quicker trade link between Europe and Asia since the Chabahar route goes through the Baltic Sea to Russia’s Saint Petersburg and then through the Volga River to Astrakhan from where it travels via the Caspian Sea to Anzali in northern Iran.
It then travels further south across the lengths of the Iranian territory to Chabahar on the Sea of Oman and then through the Arabian Sea to the Nhava Sheva port in India’s Mumbai.
- source : Iran Daily, Irannews