Direct shipping lines connecting Iran’s southeastern port of Chabahar and two Western Indian ports of Nhava Sheva, and Kandla have been established said Deputy Head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) Jalil Eslami.
According to Eslami, regular container service with a traffic schedule of 10 to 15 days is performed by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) through these lines, the PMO portal reported.
The traders who use the line will be offered with necessary tariff incentives and facilities on tolls and transportation costs by the PMO, the official noted.
He informed that as per schedule, the first container service through the mentioned route will enter Iran’s Shahid Beheshti port on February 16.
Shipping lines between Iran’s Chabahar and the Indian ports of Mumbai and Mundra were launched previously, out of which the first shipping route between Chabahar port and Mumbai was put into operation in 2017.
The second direct shipping route that passes through Mumbai, Mundra, Kandla, Chabahar, and finally Bandar Abbas in southern Iran, was inaugurated by the two nations in January 2019.
The mentioned shipping routes are used by India to transit goods to Afghanistan and Persian Gulf nations as well as the countries in Central Asia.
Through Chabahar port India can bypass Pakistan and transport goods to Afghanistan and Central Asia, while Afghanistan can get linked to India via sea.
Iran has awarded India the project for installing and operating modern loading and unloading equipment including mobile harbor cranes in Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar.
The strategic Chabahar port in southeastern Iran is the only ocean port on the Makran coast and it has a special place in the country’s economic affairs.
Back in September 2021, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called on Central Asian countries to benefit from Chabahar Port capacities for expanding their trade in the region.