News ID: 277158
Published: 0337 GMT November 22, 2020

Tariff cuts lead to increase in Chabahar port activity: PMO

Tariff cuts lead to increase in Chabahar port activity: PMO

The reduction of port tariffs and the facilitation of goods transit through Chabahar port resulted in increasing the loading and unloading operations of the port during the last Iranian year (ending March 19), said the deputy head of the Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO).

In an interview with IRNA on Sunday, Farhad Montaser-Kouhsari added: “We have reduced the tariffs for operations in Chabahar port by about 70 percent compared to the last two years, which led to the addition of Chabahar port to the choice of transit routes for many traders.”

According to statistics, we have reached more than two million tons of loading and unloading operations per year, from 5,000 tons in previous years, he said.

The official added that now, considering the discounts in total costs, traders choose this route for transit.

Montaser-Kouhsari said that the freight rate is very important for traders, adding that if we lower the transportation and port costs, we can attract more traders to Chabahar.

Our goal now is to attract the regional market, said the PMO official, adding that India and Afghanistan are our trading partners, and the CIS member states can also benefit from the tariff cuts in Chabahar.

We have also upgraded the infrastructure to prepare the port for loading and unloading all kinds of cargo ships as well as reducing the time of port operations, Montaser-Kouhsari noted.

Chabahar port is not on the sanctions list, but economic sanctions have affected the port’s activities, said the official.


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