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Afghanistan to form shipping line

Landlocked Afghanistan is to form a shipping line to ship goods to India from the Iranian port of Chabahar.

In multiple local reports the Afghan ministry of transportation was reported as saying the ships would fly the Afghan flag and the new entity would be operated as a private concern.

Chabahar port, which has been on the drawing board for the past decade, is a trilaterial development between Iran, India and Afghanistan, located in southeastern Iran, on the Gulf of Oman giving Afghanistan an alternative ocean exit to existing Pakistani links.

Last week US secretary of state Mike Pompeo granted a sanctions waiver for the port project.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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