By: The Kabul Times
KABUL- The first cargo ship carrying Indian sugar arrived in Iran’s southeastern Chabahar Port, IRNA quoted Iranian officials as saying.
The vessel carrying 1,890 tons of Indian private sector’s sugar in 70 containers docked at Shahid Beheshti port in Chabahar, Behrouz Aqaei, the director-general of Ports and Maritime Department of Sistan-Baluchestan Province of Iran, where the strategic Chabahar Port lies, stated, as quoted by the media.
Last week, the seventh cargo ship carrying Indian donated wheat for Afghanistan with 352 containers had also arrived at Shahid Beheshti Port, Aqaei announced at the time. He said that the consignment weighs about 8,800 tons, adding that some 1,700 containers weighing 43,000 tons of India’s wheat for Afghanistan have so far arrived in Chabahar Port.
The shipment has been sent to Afghanistan through the Milak border in the southern part of Sistan-Baluchestan.
India aims to donate some 75,000 tons of wheat to Afghanistan via the Iranian port city of Chabahar.
Refereeing to the arrival of other humanitarian wheat from India to Afghanistan in the upcoming months of the current year, Aqaei said, “While the world economy is affected by the coronavirus pandemic, we observe the development of exports and imports in Shahid Beheshti port.”
Earlier, Union Minister of State for Shipping and Union Minister of State for Chemical and Fertilizers of India Mansukh Laxmanbhai Mandaviya said his country will save 20 percent logistic costs by using Chabahar Port for transporting to Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
In 2016, Iran, India, and Afghanistan decided to jointly establish a trade route for land-locked Central Asian countries. India sent its first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan through Iran’s Chabahar Port back in 2017.
Later on, in February 2019, the Afghanistan-Iran-India trade corridor for the trade between the two countries through Chabahar Port was officially inaugurated.
India which initially committed up to $500 million for the development of Chabahar Port along with associated roads and rail lines, doubled the allocated funding for the development of the port in its national budget bill for 2020.