Middle East

Iran and India plan direct shipping link from Chabahar

Dubai: A direct shipping line is being planned between Iran’s Chabahar port and Mumbai ports in India, according to Gholam Hossein Shafeyee, chairman of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce.

The ocean route will be the best, the shortest and most economical for the export of Indian commodities to Central Asia, the Caucasus and Europe, Shafeyee told Iran’s Fars News Agency.

Indian companies Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Kandla Port Trust are investing in upgrades to Iran’s Chabahar Port, which will allow access for container vessels of over 1,500 teu.

Shafeyee said that joint investment between Iran and India will lay foundations for the export of Indian commodities like spice, rice, tea to Afghanistan.

India’s Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said in an interview in early 2014 that India is considering using Chabahar Port as direct access to western Afghanistan for “evacuation of mineral wealth”. [26/01/15]



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