President Ashraf Ghani flags off first consignment from Afghanistan to India via Chabahar

Last Updated: Feb 25 2019 11:21
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President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday flagged off the first consignment of Afghan exports to India through Chabahar port, saying the new trade route through Iran will help double his country’s exports to $2 billion.

While India has sent goods to Afghanistan through Chabahar port, this is the first time the port in Iran is being used — to bypass Pakistan — and trade with India.

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani flagged off the first consignment of Afghan exports to India through Chabahar Port on Sunday at a ceremony held at Zaranj in Afghanistan’s Nimroz Province.

The consignment will head to Chabahar from Zaranj city in Afghanistan’s Nimroz province. The 570 tonnes of cargo includes Afghan carpets, dry fruits, cotton, talc, stones and other items.

The ceremony was attended by the ambassadors of India, Iran, Turkey and diplomats of Indonesia and Kazakhstan.

“The export consignment, loaded in 23 trucks consisted of Afghan carpets, dry fruits, cotton, talc, stones and other items weighing 570 tonnes,” a source said.

It will supplement the air freight corridor which was established in June 2017 and now extends between the cities of Kabul, Kandahar and Herat in Afghanistan and Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.