0722 GMT October 17, 2021
Mohammad Rastad said the 13th government pays special attention to the development of the maritime economy, IRNA reported.
He put the capacity of the country's port terminals at 260 million TEU, of which only 150 million tons are used each year.
Emphasizing that not all the capacity of commercial ports and the national fleet is being used at the moment, the official noted, “By lifting the sanctions, we can take our share of the market.”
Loading and unloading of goods in Iran’s ports rose 14 percent during the first five months of the current Iranian year (March 21-August 22), as compared to the same period of time last year, announced an official with the PMO in September.
According to PMO’s Ports Affairs Director Ravanbakhsh Behzadian, loading and unloading of goods at the country’s commercial ports reached 58.99 million tons in the mentioned period, while the figure stood at 51.73 million tons in the same period last year.
During the said five months, loading and unloading operations in the container sector reached 8.66 million tons, for dry bulk the figure stood at 17.77 million tons, in liquid bulk the figure was 1.94 million tons, while for general cargo (general and miscellaneous goods) it was 8.37 million tons, and for petroleum products the loading and unloading volume amounted to 22.24 million tons, Behzadian said.
He noted that the loading and unloading operations in the dry bulk sector grew by six percent in the mentioned period compared to the same period last year, while in the liquid bulk sector the figure increased by 47.9 percent, in the general cargo sector the growth was 19.4 percent and the petroleum sector also experienced a growth of 22.6 percent compared to the same period last year.
While Iran is combating the US unilateral sanctions on its economy, the country’s ports as the major gates of exports and imports play a significant role in this battle. This makes all-out support and development of ports serious and vital.