EghtesadOnline: A total of 1.93 million tons of goods were loaded and unloaded in the Bushehr Port during the first half of the current Iranian year (March 21-Sept. 22), according to the head of southern province’s Ports and Maritime Organization.
“Out of the overall throughput, more than 1.28 million tons constituted non-oil products and the remaining 654,728 tons were oil products,” Siavash Arjomandzadeh was also quoted as saying by the news portal of the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development.
The official added that container loading and unloading stood at 19,700 TEUs during the period, registering a 10% rise compared with the similar period of last year.
“A total of 1,208 vessels docked at the port during the period, 263 of which weighed over 1,000 tons. Moreover, 1,101 vessels left the port during the period under review, 215 of which weighed more than 1,000 tons,” he said.
Arjomandzadeh noted that a total of 39,115 passengers were transported from Bushehr Port, 19,409 of whom were incoming and 19,706 were outgoing.
Twelve industrial parks and eight industrial zones are operating in Bushehr Province.
Bushehr is one of the important ports in Persian Gulf, which has an international airport and highways that connect the city to Ahvaz to the northwest and Shiraz to the northeast. A secondary coastal road links Bushehr to Bandar Abbas to the southeast.
The southern port of Bushehr has the capacity to handle 7 million tons of goods per year and can host vessels weighing over 30,000 tons.
Iran’s total foreign trade stood at 145.7 million tons worth $73 billion in the last Iranian year (March 2020-21), of which 25.05 million tons worth $8.42 billion were carried out via the southern Bushehr Province’s customs terminals.
“Bushehr Province’s customs terminals had a 16.6% [about one-sixth] and 11% share in weight and value of Iran’s overall foreign trade during the period, respectively,” Behrouz Qarehbeygi, director general of Bushehr Customs Administration, was quoted as saying by IRNA.
The official noted that 24.56 million tons of goods were exported from Bushehr customs terminals and some 482,000 tons were imported over the period under review.
According to the head of Bushehr Ports and Maritime Organization, a total of 45 million tons of commodities were loaded and unloaded in Bushehr Province’s ports last year.
“Oil and non-oil products accounted for 34.19 million tons and 10.36 million tons of the total sum respectively,” Arjomandzadeh said.
He added that container loading and unloading in southern Bushehr ports reached 209,847 TEUs.
“A total of 6,552 vessels entered the province’s ports, 1,850 of which weighed over 1,000 tons. Moreover, 237,000 passengers were transported through these ports, 118,000 of whom were incoming and 119,000 were outgoing,” he said.