0550 GMT October 24, 2020
Behrouz Aqaei, the director general of Sistan and Baluchestan Ports and Maritime Department, added given the good neighborliness between the two countries, the MoU was signed to develop the Afghan private sector’s transit and investment activities in the fields of transportation, attraction of investors, logistics and transit within the framework of Iran’s rules and regulations, according to Fars News Agency.
Under the MoU, the Afghan private sector has been assigned to transfer the country’s goods to target markets via Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar, the official noted.
Transit cooperation between the Chabahar port and Afghanistan has been expanded significantly in recent years, he said.
Aqaei added four ships, carrying Afghanistan’s cargos including nuts, were earlier sent to India and China via Shahid Beheshti Port.
On July 28, he said a total of 627,000 tons of basic goods had been unloaded in Iran’s oceanic port of Chabahar since the beginning of the current calendar year (March 20).
“This year, we set the record of sending 800 loaded trucks to their destinations from Chabahar’s Shahid Beheshti port in a single day,” the official added.
He said among the goals of Sistan and Baluchestan Ports and Maritime Department is to increase the quality of maritime and port services, such as facilitating the unloading and loading of goods, in the ports of the province.
“Advanced equipment and round-the-clock efforts by the workforce have made this goal achievable. We witness that cargo and goods owners are now more satisfied and imports and exports through Chabahar port have increased significantly,” the official noted.
Aqaei said with an annual cargo-handling (loading and unloading) capacity of 8.5 million tons, Chabahar port is a new route for trading basic and essential goods in the region.
The strategic port of Chabahar is the only oceanic port on the Makran coast, in southeastern Iran, and has a special status in the country's economic affairs.
Chabahar has two separate ports named Shahid Kalantari and Shahid Beheshti, each having five berths.
Iran has handed over the development project of this port to India, which has allocated $500 million to build two new berths in this port.
India has doubled the fund allocated for the development of the port in its national budget bill for 2020.