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Iran Deputy Minister Underlines Iran’s Success in Maritime Trade despite US Sanctions

Deputy Road Minister and Managing Director of Iran's Port and Maritime Organization Mohammad Rastad stressed that despite all difficulties endured by the country due to the US sanctions, Iran continues imports and exports successfully.

“Given the considerable capacity of Iran’s ports, nearly 246 tons annually, the giant fleet of vessels of the Islamic Republic of Iran which ranks 14 or 15 in the world, the National Iranian Tanker Company which is among the 3 top world companies in the field and reliance on domestic power, we have managed to supply all needs of the country during the period that we have been facing a full-scale economic war in the exports and imports sector,” Rastad told FNA on Monday.

“Actually, supply of the basic goods did not stop despite heavy sanctions on the maritime organization thanks to the success of Iran’s maritime sector,” he added.

Deputy Road Minister and Managing Director of Iran’s Port and Maritime Organization Mohammad Rasta

Elsewhere, Rastad declared the government’s plan to increase the capacity of Iran’s ports to 285mln tons next year.

Rastad had also earlier this month underlined plans to increase the capacity of the Iranian ports, saying that huge cargo ships will be able to deck at a new port that the country plans to build at Makran coastline.

“The new port enjoys special features and it is closer to the main routes of international trade. The port is outside the Persian Gulf and will be located at Makran coastline,” Rastad told FNA.

He added that Iran will access deeper waters after establishing the new port, and noted, “Therefore, we can host the biggest sizes of ships at minimum cost which is a proper advantage.”

Rastad said that the new port will be located in Makran region and in Iran’s Southern province of Hormuzgan.

Makran is a semi-desert coastal strip in the South of Sindh and Balochistan, in Pakistan and Iran, along the coast of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

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