Iran launches direct containerized shipping line to Southeast Asia

An Iranian official announced the start of regular container shipping services from the country’s southern port, Imam Khomeini, to Southeast Asian countries.

The director-general of the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran in the southwestern province of Khuzestan told IRNA on Saturday that a direct container shipping line from Imam Khomeini port to Southeast Asian countries has been launched in line with efforts to achieve foreign trade policy goals by the government adopted by President Ebrahim Raisi.

Behrouz Aghaei said the direct shipping line was set up with a focus on the ports of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), India and China.

He continued that the shipment of fifth-generation container ships with a capacity of 5,000 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit) to China aims to improve Imam Khomeini Port’s accessibility to the global maritime network and also international markets.

Reducing the time and cost of transporting imports and exports has been cited as the key goal behind the introduction of the dropship line, he said, adding that the move will boost exporters’ competitiveness and help them capture the lion’s share of products in the country region to obtain markets.

Aghaei also pointed to the attractiveness of the region’s transit and transshipment markets as the other goal behind the launch of the direct containerized shipping line.

The new shipping company will pave the way for optimal use of the current container terminal of the Port of Imam Khomeini with an annual capacity of more than 600,000 containers, he concluded.

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