Ports offer discounts on vessel, cargo charges to boost trade at Chabahar

New Delhi, Feb 28 (PTI):
To enhance trade at Chabahar port in Iran, Jawaharlal Nehru Port and Deendayal Port are offering discounts on the vessel and cargo charges, as per the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
Located in Sistan-Balochistan province on the energy-rich Iran’s southern coast, the port is being developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan to boost trade ties. Chabahar Port lies outside the Persian Gulf and is easily accessed from India’s western coast, bypassing Pakistan.
“To promote Shahid Beheshti Port of Chabahar, Iran Jawaharlal Nehru Port and Deendayal Port are providing discounts on Vessel related charges and Cargo related charges for the vessels going and arriving from Shahid Beheshti,” according to the ministry.
For the past six months, a 50% discount on terminal handling charges for transit containers has also been granted.
“The flow of bulk cargo is steady. Transit cargo from Afghanistan is now picking up. The Shipping line has assured us of weekly container service as volumes are on the rise,” as per a document from the MoPSW.
Owing to the challenges in activation of the main agreement pertaining to Chabahar port, a formal Short Lease (Interim) Contract between India and Iran was signed on May 6, 2018, with the incorporation of an Iranian SPV – India Ports Global Chabahar Free Zone (IPGCFZ) – for its implementation.
“The terms and conditions of this Contract are different than the 10-year Agreement. Under this Contract, India Ports Global Chabahar Free Zone (Iranian subsidiary of India Ports Global Ltd) took over the operations at berth length of 360 mts at Shahid Beheshti Port on 25th December 2018. IPGCFZ handled its first cargo on 30th December 2018,” the document said.
Till January 31, 2021, about 123 vessels have berthed at the terminal and IPGCFZ have handled approximately 13,752 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit) and 18 lakh tonne of bulk / general cargo, it added. Efforts are on to improve the traffic at Chabahar Port.
The Short Lease Contract has since been renewed till June 25, 2021.
“We are now in possession of over 1,240 mts berth length and 70 Ha of back up area. Four post Panamax vessels can now simultaneously berth at our terminal,” as per the shipping ministry document.

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