Slight Rise in Iranian Port Operations
EghtesadOnline: More than 95.31 million tons of commodities were loaded and unloaded at Iran’s 21 commercial ports during the first eight months of the current Iranian year (March 21-Nov. 22) to register a 1.11% growth compared with the corresponding period of last year.
Latest figures published on the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran’s website show non-oil goods accounted for 65.01 million tons of the total throughput, showing a 0.73% year-on-year rise.
The remaining 30.29 million tons pertained to oil products, indicating a 1.9% decline YOY.
Container loading and unloading declined by 44.03% to stand at 891,894 TEUs, according to Financial Tribune.
More than 48.23 million tons of commodities were exported from the ports under review and close to 21.2 million tons were imported during the eight-month period, showing a 9.75% and 9.94% growth respectively compared with the similar period of last year.
A total of 2.89 million tons of goods were transited through these ports during the same period to register a 42.88% decline YOY.
The 21 ports under study include Iran’s southern ports of Abadan, Imam Khomeini, Bushehr, Khorramshahr, Genaveh, Bandar Lengeh, Chavibdeh, Arvandkenar, Charak and Dayyer located on the shores of Persian Gulf, Shahid Rajaee, Shahid Bahonar, Qeshm and Tiab at the mouth of the Strait of Hormuz, Jask and Chabahar on the coasts of the Sea of Oman and the northern ports of Fereydounkenar, Noshahr, Astara, Amirabad and Anzali on the shoreline of Caspian Sea.
Close to 47.98 million tons of commodities were loaded and unloaded in Hormozgan Province’s Shahid Rajaee Port, registering a 3.21% rise compared with the similar period of last year.
Shahid Rajaee was the busiest port during the period under review. Non-oil goods accounted for 30.39 million tons and oil products for over 17.5 million tons of the total, showing a 0.41% and 8.23% growth respectively year-on-year.
Located 23 kilometers west of the port city of Bandar Abbas, the capital of Hormozgan Province, Shahid Rajaee Port is Iran’s biggest container port.
Over half of Iran’s commercial trading is carried out at Shahid Rajaee. The port complex also accounts for over 85% of all container throughput in the country.
According to the head of Majlis Development Commission, Mohammad Reza Rezaei-Kouchi, Shahid Rajaee Port has a 6% share in the region’s total container throughput per annum, ILNA reported.
Imam Khomeini Port in the southern Khuzestan Province was the second busiest port during the eight months under review, as it handled close to 30.31 million tons of commodities. The figure shows a 12.06% increase YOY.
Non-oil goods accounted for more than 20.17 million tons and oil products for over 10.13 million tons of the total throughput in Imam Khomeini Port, registering a 17.15% and 3.15% growth respectively year-on-year.
The third busiest was Qeshm Port also in southern Iran.
More than 4.59 million tons of goods were loaded and unloaded there, indicating a 15.79% increase compared with the similar period of last year.
Non-oil goods accounted for over 4.5 tons and oil products for around 91,046 tons of the total throughput in Qeshm Port, showing a 15.13% and 29.18% growth respectively YOY.
A total of 8.88 million passengers were transported to and from the aforementioned ports, registering a 17.75% downfall compared with last year’s similar period.