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High level Iranian delegation visits JNPT

The bilateral trade between India and Iran has been consistently growing and touched around US$ 16 billion during the last year. Both countries have an excellent record of trade and efforts are on to further strengthen the trade relations.

In this background, a high-level delegation under the leadership of Mr. Mohammad Rastad, Deputy Minister and Managing Director for Ports and Maritime organisation (PMO) of Islamic Republic of Iran along with 15 members of high-ranking delegates visited Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust to understand the port operations, says a release.

Mr Arun Kumar Gupta, MD, India Ports Global Ltd and Mr Arvind Choudhary, Director (Ports) Ministry of shipping also were part of the port visit.

The high-level Iranian delegation was welcomed by senior officials of JNPT. Shri S V Madabhavi, Chief Manager PP&D shared an overview of various initiatives under the Ease of Doing Business and other measures being implemented at the port.

The port which currently handles 4.8 million TEUs will double its capacity after the completion of phase-2 of fourth terminal. The delegation was also appraised about JNPT’s plans of expansion of liquid cargo terminal, shallow water berth to increase the cargo handling capacity. The presentation also highlighted various infrastructure projects such as SEZ, Dry Ports, Vadhvan satellite port being taken up by JNPT and harnessing modern technology to create positive environment for the trade. Iran is trying to use Indian ports as transshipment hubs for expanding its trade.

The delegates were taken around for detailed port tour to get first-hand experience of port operation. The delegation members expressed their appreciation for JNPT’s efforts to implement trade-friendly steps and increase the volume of trade among different countries.


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