Iran, Oman launch new shipping route

Iran has inaugurated a new shipping route to Oman to help diversify its access to international export markets and to transport food items, agricultural products and perishable goods.

Iran has inaugurated a new shipping route to Oman – a move expected to help diversify the country’s access to international export markets.

The route that has been established between Iran’s Shahid Rajaee and the Omani port of Sohar was inaugurated on May 14 through a ceremony at the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas.

Iran’s media say two containers – each with a collective capacity of 200 TEUs or twenty-foot equivalent units – will be used to transport food items, agricultural products and perishable goods.

The containers will start making trips between Shahid Rajaee and Sohar every 15 days in the initial phase, but their trips could increase to once every week if the volume of trade in the route increases.

Iran and Oman in April signed an agreement to establish the new route during the visit to Tehran by a large Omani business delegation. The delegation was visiting the Iranian capital for talks on expanding trade and commercial cooperation between the two countries.

There are speculations that Iran and Oman plan to use the route to promote trade across the region.

President Hassan Rouhani told reporters during a visit to Ashkhabad in early March that Iran and Turkmenistan are determined to activate a “south-to-north economic corridor” that starts with Oman, passes through Iran and leads to Uzbekistan through Turkmenistan.

What could further testify this plan are official comments that the newly-established Iran-Oman shipping route could be used to transit goods from Oman’s projected Duqum port to Iran’s Chabahar port.

Iran plans to turn Chabahar into a starting point for major exports to Afghanistan, Central Asia and beyond through Indian investments.

Emad Askarieh
Emad Askarieh has worked as a journalist since 2002. The main focus of his work is foreign policy and world diplomacy. He started his career at Iran Front Page Media Group, and is currently serving as the World Editor and the Vice-President for Executive Affairs at the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website.


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