The first shipment of 570 tonnes of goods from Afghanistan had arrived in India through the Chabahar Port in Iran this week.
The Afghan goods arrived at the port of Nhava Sheva, Mumbai and Mundra. The goods were flagged off by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani a few days ago along with Indian envoy to Afghanistan Vinay Kumar in the western Afghan city of Zaranj, the capital of Nimroz province bordering Iran.
This is also the first shipment from Afghanistan which came via ‘Transports Internationaux Routiers’ (TIR) system to India. TIR is a multilateral treaty that allows goods to be sealed in compartments and requires no need for physical checking of the contents. This enables shipments to pass through countries without being opened at borders.
Reacting to the developments, Umberto de Pretto, the general secretary of the International Road Transportation Union said,”The opening of Chabahar Port for TIR is hugely significant – offering connectivity for landlocked countries, seamless border crossing facilitation and inter modal capabilities. ”
Chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) of revenue dept in the Ministry of Finance Pranab Kumar Das said, “enables a facilitative and non-intrusive environment for multi-modal transport of goods through several countries. The convention will help in boosting India’s exports and enable greater participation in the global value chains. ”
India joined the TIR Convention (the United Nations Customs Convention on International Transport of Goods under cover of TIR Carnets) on 15th June 2017.
In January, India formally established shipping lanes with the Chabahar port and now every 2 weeks Indian ships go from 3 Indian ports—Mumbai, Kandla and Mundra to the port in Iran.
India took over the operations of a part of Shahid Beheshti Port, Chabahar in Iran in December 2018.
New Delhi has been focusing on connecting itself with landlocked Afghanistan for which it started the India-Afghanistan air corridor in 2017 and developed the Chabahar port, which is also central to International North-South Transport (INSTC) Corridor which will connect Mumbai to Moscow.
Source: DNA India
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