TEHRAN, Iran, July 18
India's sixth batch of wheat for Afghanistan arrived in Iran's Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar on July 17 and will be unloaded for further transshipment, said Director-General of Ports and Maritime Department of Sistan and Balouchestan Province.
"Kashan ship has delivered 8,875 tons of wheat from India in 355 20-foot containers to be transited to Afghanistan," said Behrouz Aqaei, Trend reports citing Fars News Agency.
"India has pledged to deliver 75,000 tons of wheat as humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and this shipment was the sixth batch," he said adding that since the beginning of the current Iranian year (began March 20, 2020), India has delivered five cargo ships through Chabahar Port containing a total of 38,500 tons of wheat.
"The cargo was transferred directly to Afghanistan via Milak-Zaranj border," Aqaei noted.
"Import and export in Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar are flourishing despite the coronavirus pandemic," he added.
"The latest batch of wheat will be transited to Afghanistan after customs formalities are done. Then the containers will be used to transit export from Afghanistan to India via Chabahar, and this reduces transportation costs," Aqaei said.
"Chabahar is the best choice for trade between India and Afghanistan due to its location, and goods to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) can also be transported via the port," he added.
India pledged to deliver 75,000 tons of wheat as humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and sent its first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan through Chabahar Port back in 2017.