News ID: 277256
Published: 0319 GMT November 24, 2020

Ships loading, unloading essential goods at Chabahar port despite pandemic

Ships loading, unloading essential goods at Chabahar port despite pandemic

A total of 11 ships have docked at Chabahar port to load and unload basic goods since the beginning of the current Iranian year (March 20), said Behrouz Aqaei, the director general of Sistan and Baluchestan Province’s Ports and Maritime Department.

“Although the coronavirus pandemic has overshadowed the world and Iranian trade since the beginning of the year, the process of importing basic goods to the port of Shahid Beheshti in Chabahar has continued, during which 11 ships carrying goods have been loaded and unloaded, including eight ships carrying wheat,” said Aqaei, according to IRNA.

According to Aqaei, imports of basic goods into the southeastern Chabahar port in the current Iranian year has increased significantly compared to the previous year, and the upward trend is continuing.

The loading and unloading processes are going smoothly at this port because of the modern equipment as well as the existence of the necessary infrastructure, he added.

The official noted that with an annual loading and unloading capacity of 8.5 million tons, Chabahar port is a new destination for the import of basic goods in Iran.

The deputy head of the Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) said on Sunday that 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).

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, he said.



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