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Afghanistan to send first cargo to India through Chabahar Port

KABUL: Afghanistan will initiate trade through Iran’s Chabahar Port with the first transit cargo to be shipped to India next month using the international customs transit system (TIR system).

According to Marine Link, Husne Mubarak Azizi, head of foreign affairs and Ministry of Transport of Afghanistan said that the country is preparing to ship the first cargo of five containers through Chabahar Port to India, which will take place within a month or less.

According to the report, the cargo is mung beans and each container will weigh about 22 tons. The delivery of these five containers will be carried out under the TIR system, which cuts border waiting times significantly, saving time and money.

Iran, India and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement on the development of Chabahar Port in Tehran in May 2016 to establish a strategic transit and transport route connecting the three countries. The agreement aims at developing the southern Iran port into a regional trade hub. India began commercial activity at Chabahar on January 8th.

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