An Iranian official says non-oil exports from the strategic Chabahar port in south-eastern Iran has grown by 100% in the first quarter of the current Iranian year compared to the same period last year.
Director General of Ports and Maritime Affairs of Sistan and Baluchestan, Behrouz Aqa’ee, said loading and unloading of goods after the opening of the first phase of Shahid Beheshti port of Chabahar have dramatically increased.
“Loading and unloading of various types of oil and non-oil products in the Chabahar port has grown by 37% since the beginning of this year compared to the same period last year.”
During this period, oil products’ loading and unloading grew 69%, IRNA quoted him as saying.
The number of vessels above 1,000 tonnes has increased by 29% as well, added Aqa’ee.
The Islamic Republic has awarded the development project of its strategic Chabahar port to India, and the South Asian country committed $500 million to build two new berths in this port.
Chabahar Port’s exemption from the new round of the US sanctions on Iran provides the opportunity for benefitting from the potentials and infrastructures of the port, and will definitely boost exports and imports.