EghtesadOnline: A total of 5.19 million tons of commodities were loaded from Khuzestan Province’s Imam Khomeini Special Economic Zone during the first nine months of the current Iranian year (March 21-Dec. 21), showing a 3% rise compared with the similar period of last year.
Over the same period, more than 13 million tons of essential goods were unloaded in the southern port, registering a 25% increase YOY, the news portal of the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development reported.
These goods were imported to the special economic zone (SEZ) by 221 ocean-liners, showing an 18% increase compared with the corresponding period of last year. After going through clearance procedures, 12.3 million tons of these essential goods were transported to provinces by road and the remaining 1.26 million tons were sent via railroad.
Also known as necessity goods, essential goods include rice, vegetable oils, sugar, tea, grains and pulses that consumers will buy, regardless of changes in income levels.
The lion’s share of the country’s demand for livestock feed raw material and grains are imported through this southern port. Imam Khomeini is Iran’s second busiest port after Shahid Rajaee in Hormozgan Province.
The port boasts 40 wharfs, 140 kilometers of railroads within its premises and the latest loading and unloading facilities.
Imam Khomeini Port saw the inauguration and sod-turning ceremonies for 18 investment and development projects worth a total of 15.79 trillion rials ($56 million) in late 2020.
Among the most important projects were four multipurpose warehouses, oil product reservoirs and a mechanized grain terminal. Also, two projects for the construction of edible oil refineries were also launched on the same day.
Other projects included the overhaul of some wharfs and railroads inside the port premises, dredging operations, fixing breakwaters and providing proper lighting for the port’s launchers.