Iran’s Chabahar Port A Game Changer in India’s Transshipment: Minister

Iran’s Chabahar Port A Game Changer in India’s Transshipment: Minister

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – With the help of Iran’s southeastern port of Chabahar, India will reduce its logistics costs by 20 percent in container transport to CIS countries, bypassing China or Europe, India’s Shipping Minister Mansukh Lal Mandaviya said.

"In a strategic development, loading and unloading of cargo have started at Chabahar Port. Container transport logistic costs to CIS countries will be reduced by 20 percent through Chabahar. So far, cargo to CIS countries from India could be sent only via China or Europe," Mandaviya told PTI on Sunday.

CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Uzbekistan.

"If we want to send containers to CIS countries we can only send via Europe or China. There was no other connectivity with CIS countries. Now, there is direct connectivity to these countries via Afghanistan," the minister said.

Transshipment of cargo started last week at Chabahar Port, he added.

"This is very important for the country. This is strategic. Container transport logistic cost will be reduced by 20 percent," he said.

Steps are on for local infrastructure mobilization at the port, Mandaviya said.

Transit of export consignment from Afghanistan through Chabahar commenced in February 2019 and has now started showing a healthy upward trend, he said, terming the port as a game-changer.

Chabahar is the closest and best access point of Iran to the Indian Ocean and Iran has devised serious plans to turn it into a transit hub for immediate access to markets in the northern part of the Indian Ocean and Central Asia.

It aims to create a reliable transport corridor for the smooth transport and transit of goods and services through Chabahar Port between Afghanistan, India, and Iran.

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