Iran to transport 600,000 tons of wheat through domestic ports
Tehran, Iran, Jan.22
Deputy Head of Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran Mohammad Ali Hasanzadeh has announced that the cabotage of wheat between the domestic ports by the end of current Iranian year (March20,2019) would amount to some 600,000 tons.
"The domestic cabotage of basic goods, and specially wheat, has been started three weeks ago. Since Iran has turned into a wheat producer in recent years, it is expected the wheat from the western provinces would be transported to Imam Khomeini Port and transferred to Shahid Rajaee Port and Shahid Beheshti port in Chabahar by our fleet," Hasanzadeh said, Trend reports citing Mehr News Agency.
Cabotage is the transport of goods or passengers between two places in the same country by a transport operator.
The official noted the operation is a collaboration by Government Trading Corporation of Iran, a subsidiary of Agriculture Ministry.
"The produced wheat from the western provinces will be transferred to southern ports by maritime transportation and it will be distributed in eastern and central provinces by trucks. The operation would also be carried out in northern ports, to transport wheat that was produced in north eastern provinces, to north western provinces through Amirabad Port to Anzali Port by domestic fleet," said Hasanzadeh.
He indicated that the first cargo of 20,000 tons of wheat has been transferred from Imam Khomeini Port to Chabahar Port three weeks ago and the second cargo of 20,000 tons of wheat arrived in Chabahar on Sunday and is being unloaded on to trucks.
"Iran will transport 450,000 tons of wheat from southern ports and 150,000 tons of wheat from northern ports by the end of the year," said the official.
Iran's Imam Khomeini Port, Shahid Rajaee Port and Shahid Beheshti port are considered the first rate logistic ports while Amirabad Port is the second rate and the border region of Milak is the logistic border between Iran and Afghanistan.
The official also noted the 13-percent drop in transportation of non-oil goods and 11.7 percent fall of oil products transfer by Iranian fleet.