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
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
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.