Another wheat shipment for Afghanistan arrives in Iran’s Chabahar from India


KABUL (TCA) — The seventh consignment of Indian wheat bound for Afghanistan has arrived at Iran’s Chabahar Port, Afghanistan’s TOLOnews reports.

According to Iran’s IRNA news agency, a ship carrying 600 containers docked in Chabahar Port on April 2.

In total, 4,200 containers of India’s wheat has come through Chabahar so far this year.

Some 110,000 tons of Indian wheat bound for Afghanistan will be transported annually to Afghanistan through Chabahar, Iranian officials said.

From Chabahar, the load will be transported via road to Milak, a border city on the Iran-Afghanistan border. India’s first consignment arrived in Chabahar in November 2017.

India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement in 2016 to jointly develop the Chabahar Port, opening a new strategic transit route between the three nations and other Central Asian nations.

In February, India and Iran signed an agreement which given New Delhi operational control of a section of the strategically located Chabahar port in the Gulf of Oman for 18 months.

The first phase of Chabahar port was inaugurated in December last year, opening up a new strategic route connecting Iran, India and Afghanistan.

Under the agreement signed between India and Iran in May 2016, India is to equip and operate two berths in Chabahar Port Phase 1 with a capital investment of $85.21 million USD and an annual revenue expenditure of $22.95 million USD on a 10-year lease.


Sergey Kwan