A new direct shipping route between Iran’s southeastern port of Chabahar and Indian ports of Nhava Sheva and Kandla will open next month with the arrival of a container service at Shahid Beheshti port, an Iranian official says.
India launched shipping lines between Iran’s Chabahar and the Indian ports of Mumbai and Mundra in 2017. It set up the second direct shipping route passing through Mumbai, Mundra, Kandla, Chabahar and finally Bandar Abbas in southern Iran in January 2019.
According to deputy head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) Jalil Eslami, a new container ship will arrive in Chabahar on February, marking the establishment of a new route.
He said the PMO will offer necessary tariff incentives and facilities on tolls and transportation costs to support the traders that use the lines.
The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), Eslami said, performs regular container service with a traffic schedule of 10 to 15 days.
In November, Iran’s ambassador to India said Tehran expected New Delhi to resume oil imports from the Islamic Republic and move on the next phase of developing the Chabahar port project.