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Shahid Rajaee Port container throughput tops 1 Million TEUs

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BANDAR ABBAS : A total of 1.14 million TEUs of container goods were loaded and unloaded at the Southern Shahid Rajaee Port from March 21 to Nov. 6, according to a local official.

“Container loading [exports] hit a total of 293,771 TEUs, registering a 10% rise, and container unloading [imports] stood at 286,982 TEUs, showing a 4% decline compared with the similar period of last year,” Alireza Mohammadi, Director General of Hormozgan Province’s Ports and Maritime Organization, was quoted as saying by the news portal of the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development.

The official added that 181,445 TEUs of foreign goods were transported through Shahid Rajaee Port during the same period to register a 68% year-on-year rise.

Export of oil products stood at 20.3 million tons, registering a 3% growth.

“We exported 1.1 million tons of tar to Oman, the UAE and India during the period, which shows a 24% YOY rise.”

Mohammadi noted that with a loading and unloading capacity of 6.5 TEUs of containers per year, Shahid Rajaee, located 23 kilometers west of the port city of Bandar Abbas, the capital of Hormozgan Province, is Iran’s biggest container port.

Shahid Rajaee Special Economic Zone accounts for the highest share of all goods exported from and imported to Iran.

The economic zone, which has a loading/unloading capacity of 100 million tons per year, accounts for over half of Iran’s trade and about two-thirds of total freight transit through the country.

The lion’s share of Iran’s containers is handled at Shahid Rajaee Port.

With 18 gantry cranes and 40 berths, Shahid Rajaee is the most advanced container port of Iran.    

Launched in 1985, the port has expanded constantly and is connected to 80 ports worldwide.

The significance of this port lies in its large capacity, its location in the Persian Gulf, container terminal, fuel bunkering, access to 24 kilometers of railroads and round-the-clock truck transportation.

In terms of transit, Shahid Rajaee Special Economic Zone again tops the list of Iranian customs terminals.

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