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Chabahar Port” Indian Ships Every 2 Weeks, Afghan Goods to India From Next Month

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan is all set to use Chabahar port in Iran to connect with India.  According to Iran’s Ministry of Roads and Urban development, Afghanistan is preparing to ship the first argo of 5 containers through Chabahar to India and this will happen within a month’s time.
The cargo will contain beans and each container will weigh about 22 tons.  The delivery of cargo will be carried out under the International Road Transports (TIR) system.
According to Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “This cargo will be shipped as a pilot form Afghanistan to India.”
TIR system streamlines procedures at borders and reduces the administrative burden for customs authorities.  Meanwhile, India has formally established shipping lines to Chabahar.  The first such ship arrived on Sunday.
It has been decided that regular ships from 3 Indian ports Mumbai, Kandla and Mundra will now regularly go to the Iranian port every 2 weeks.
The director general of Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan Ports and Maritime Organization Behrouz Aqayee said in the release, “With the arrival of the first 3700 TEU container at Shaid Beheshti Chabahar port, for the first time, the shipping line between the ports of Mumbai Mundra-Kandla have opened”.
The development comes a month after India took over operations at the port.  The Commercial operations at the port began on December 30 with the arrival of a Cyprus registered bulk carrier with 72458 MT of corn cargo.  The vessel MV Macheras berthed at the terminal on December 30, 2018.  This is the first time India will be operating a port outside its territories.
The port is crucial for India’s connectivity to Afghanistan and to Central Asia and North-South Transport Corridor that connects Mumbai to Moscow.
The port is very important for landlocked Afghanistan which is keen to get connectivity with international markets.  It already has an air corridor with India, opened in 2017.
Uzbek ambassador to India, Farhod Arziev speaking to WION has said “Any projects that can help Uzbekistan to reach the international marked we see positively.
The projects like Chabahar creates an opportunity for central Asia.”

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