EghtesadOnline: Container throughput reached 62,690 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) at Imam Khomeini Port located in the southern Khuzestan Province during the first five months of the current fiscal year (March 21-Aug. 22) to register a 12% year-on-year rise, the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran reported.
According to the director general of Khuzestan’s PMO, loading and unloading of non-oil and oil-based products in Imam Khomeini Port during the period increased by 20% year-on-year.
A total of 18.46 million tons of non-oil and oil-based products and goods were loaded and unloaded in the port during the period, of which 11.29 million tons belonged to non-oil goods and the rest (over 7,000 tons) to oil-based products.
More than 6.88 million tons of essential good were unloaded in the Imam Khomeini Port in the five-month period, registering a 17% growth YOY.
“Imam Khomeini Port Special Economic Zone, with its advanced equipment and an annual capacity of 50 million tons, has an important role in the supply chain and food security of the country,” Adel Daris was also quoted as saying by ISNA.
Imam Khomeini Port is the main hub of essential imports in Iran.
Also known as necessity goods, essential goods are products consumers will buy, regardless of changes in income levels.
The port boasts 40 wharfs, 140 kilometers of railroads within its premises and the latest loading and unloading facilities.
Most of Iran’s demand for livestock feed raw material as well grains are imported through this port.
“A total of 10 million tons of essential goods worth $5.5 billion were cleared from Iranian customs terminals during the five months under review, registering a 17% and 68% growth in weight and value respectively year-on-year,” the technical deputy of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration, Mehrdad Jamal Orounaqi, was quoted as saying by Mehr News Agency.