Fifth ship car­ry­ing In­dia’s wheat to Afghanista­n docks at Chabahar port

Iran Daily - - Domestic Economy -

The fifth ship car­ry­ing 300 con­tain­ers of wheat with a to­tal weight of 7,500 tons has docked at Chabahar’s Shahid Be­heshti port, said the direc­tor-gen­eral of Sis­tan and Baluches­tan Ports and Mar­itime De­part­ment, adding that it is ready to un­load the Afghanista­n-bound cargo.

Behrouz Aqaei said on Mon­day that the pre­vi­ous ship ar­rived at the port of Chabahar in early spring, de­spite the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, re­ported Mehr News Agency.

Chabahar port en­joys a good and suit­able sit­u­a­tion for trans­port­ing, tran­sit­ing and trans­ship­ping [mar­itime trans­port] of goods to the Cen­tral Asian coun­tries and Afghanista­n, he said, adding, “With the co­or­di­na­tion made in this re­gard, all 75,000 tons of wheat, do­nated by In­dia to Afghanista­n, will be tran­sited to this coun­try via Mi­lak Bor­der in Zabol.”

He noted that Chabahar port is con­sid­ered a golden op­por­tu­nity for Afghanista­n in the field of ex­port­ing and tran­sit­ing goods, adding that the de­vel­op­ment of eco­nomic and trade re­la­tions be­tween na­tions is one of the main ob­jec­tives be­hind the con­struc­tion of Shahid Be­heshti port.

In 2016, Iran, In­dia, and Afghanista­n de­cided to jointly es­tab­lish a trade route for land­locked Cen­tral Asian coun­tries.

In­dia sent its first con­sign­ment of wheat to Afghanista­n through Iran’s Chabahar port back in 2017.

In Fe­bru­ary 2019, the Afghanista­n-iran-in­dia cor­ri­dor for trade be­tween the two coun­tries through Chabahar port was of­fi­cially in­au­gu­rated.

In Fe­bru­ary this year, the Sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Iranafghan­istan Joint Cham­ber of Com­merce Moza­far Alikhani an­nounced that Iran has ap­proved two Afghan banks to open branches in its south­east­ern strate­gic port of Chabahar.

“Due to the strate­gic na­ture of Chabahar port and be­ing ex­empted from US sanc­tions, Iran has al­lowed two Afghan banks to es­tab­lish branches at the port so that the two coun­tries’ busi­ness­men would be able to use their fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices,” Alikhani said.

There are strong eco­nomic ties be­tween the two coun­tries in terms of cul­tural, lin­guis­tic and his­tor­i­cal com­mon­al­i­ties, and many Afghan traders are fa­mil­iar with the pat­terns of trade and con­sump­tion in Iran, he said.

“Iran cur­rently sup­plies about 35 per­cent of Afghanista­n’s to­tal im­ports, apart from tech­ni­cal en­gi­neer­ing and ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices,” Alikhani said.


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