Uzbekistan to join Iran’s Chabahar international trade project

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Uzbekistan has signed an agreement granting the country access to Chabahar port in Iran’s southeastern province, according to an Iranian official.


“A membership project has been prepared, and within a month at a meeting in Tehran, Uzbekistan will be officially added to the Chabahar international agreement,” said the branch’s general director. Iranian Ports and Maritimes Organization (PMO) in Sistan-Balochistan. province, Behrouz Aghaei was quoted by the Tasnim news agency as having declared on January 25.


Uzbekistan’s deputy transport and trade ministers were present in the Iranian city of Chabahar to approve its participation in the international transport and transit corridor. The agreement aims to create a new transport corridor for the shipment of goods between Afghanistan, India and Iran through the Iranian port of Chabahar. By connecting the Chabahar transit route to the Caucasus and Eastern European countries, Iran is introducing an alternative to the sea route through the Suez Canal.


Aghaei said India has already taken over the port as the port operator in phase 1 of the project, in partnership with an Iranian operator.


“The ultimate goal of the agreement is to add all Commonwealth countries in Central Asia and then expand to the Caucasus and Eastern Europe. Chabahar Port is the most profitable, secure and economical way to trade for over 3 billion people in different parts of the Indian Ocean, Central Asia, Caucasus and the Eastern Europe,” added Aghaei.


India has pledged to provide total aid of $85 million and credit facility of $150 million for the development of Shahid Beheshti Terminal in Chabahar Port, and offers loading and offloading services in the mentioned terminal. New Delhi has also provided six mobile harbor cranes – two with a capacity of 140 tons and four with a capacity of 100 tons, in addition to other equipment worth $25 million.


An Uzbek business delegation consisting of the Deputy Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade, the Deputy Minister of Transport proposed to establish a logistics center in the port of Chabahar in southeastern Iran to increase the transit of its goods through Iran, during a meeting with the head of the Iran Ports and Maritime Organization, Ali-Akbar Safaei, in Tehran on January 23.


During this meeting, Safaei expressed the will of the Iranian government to connect Uzbekistan to open waters as well as the will of Tehran to welcome the investments of Uzbek companies in the ports of the north and the south of the country.


“One of Iran’s economic approaches to the development of foreign trade is to establish a transit route for goods from western China using the Uzbek railway network and maritime transport through the Caspian Sea” , the Iranian official said.


He said the port of Chabahar – with a capacity of 12 million tons – is fully ready to provide the necessary infrastructure for the loading and unloading of goods.

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