Afghanistan to use Chabahar Port for exporting products: Afghan official

IRNA – Director General of transit and trade facilitation, Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Afghanistan says that Kabul has decided to export its products through Chabahar Port of Iran to other countries especially India.

Sayed Yahya Akhlaqi said this during an interview with IRNA on the sidelines of the 9th meeting of the Road Committee of Transit Transport Coordination Council (TTCC) of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in Pakistani Capital.

He said that Chabahar Port has good facilities and provides cheaper and easy transit for land-locked Afghanistan. “This port gives us the access not only to Indian market but Arabian countries also,” the official added.

“We have decided that from the next Iranian year (March 21) Afghanistan will start exporting fresh and dry fruits to other countries through Chabahar Port,” added Sayed Yahya Akhlaqi.

He said that initially Afghanistan will send its products from Nimruz Province to Chabahar Port and will also solve problems if occurred in the transit trade route.

The official added that winter is not the actual season for Afghanistan exports but we will start sending our products to India through Chabahar Port in the next trading season of Afghanistan.

He said that Afghanistan has decreased its exports from Karachi-Torkham and Karachi-Chaman routes of Pakistan because of many problems.

Sayed Yahya Akhlaqi was hopeful that with the increase in the capacity of Chabahar Port new avenues of cooperation will open among the regional states.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in December last year inaugurated the first phase of Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar. Located in southern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, the launch of the port was attended by at least 60 representatives from 17 countries including India and Afghanistan.

Experts say that the port, which is only 80 kilometers from the Iran-Pakistan border, could help in booming the trade activities of regional countries including Pakistan.

Through this port, goods can be delivered to neighboring countries at cheaper prices and in a shorter time.

Source Article from https://theiranproject.com/blog/2018/02/17/afghanistan-use-chabahar-port-exporting-products-afghan-official/

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