On Sunday, Afghanistan started exports to India via an Iranian port, reports an official, as the war-torn, landlocked nation turns to overseas markets to develop its economy.
It continued that around 23 trucks, which carried 57 tonnes of textiles, dried fruits, mineral products, and carpets were dispatched from Western Afghan city of Zaranj to Iran’s Chabahar port. The shipload will be shipped to Mumbai.
At the foundation event of the new export route, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani said that the country was improvising slowly its exports, aimed to reduce its trade deficit.
President Ghani said, “Chabahar port is the result of healthy cooperation between India, Iran, and Afghanistan this will ensure economic growth.”
Iran’s Chabahar port offers easy access to the sea to India and Afghanistan has assisted to develop this new route and allowed both the nation’s to get engaged in trade bypassing Pakistan.
In 2018, the United States has allowed an exception to certain US sanctions, granted development of Chabahar port as an initiative of a new transportation corridor, which was designed to boost the economy of Afghanistan and meet their requirement of non-sanctionable goods, such as medicines and food.
India has already exported 2000 tonnes of lentils and 1.1 million tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan via Chabahar port.
In 2017, both countries have established an air corridor. Afghanistan’s exports to India in 2018, stood at $740 million, which makes it the largest export destination, reports the official.