First shipment on India-Iran-Afghanistan TIR corridor moves via Chabahar port

Two containers from Mumbai were transported to Iran’s Chabahar port on Friday, which exited through Dogharoun border crossing to Afghanistan marking the first shipment in India-Iran-Afghanistan route under TIR Carnets (TIR Convention).

In March 2019, the first shipment through Afghanistan-Iran-India TIR corridor was moved from Afganistan to Mumbai and Gujrat via Chabahar. India joined the TIR Convention (the United Nations Customs Convention on International Transport of Goods under cover of TIR Carnets) on June 15, 2017.

Chabahar port is jointly operated by the Indian government through India Ports Global Private Limited, a joint venture between Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Kandla Port Trust.

According to Mostafa Ayati, an official with the Iran Customs Administration, the corridor had been launched from Afghanistan to Chabahar to India, but this was the first TIR Carnets transport operation from India to Afghanistan via Chabahar, News Agency reported.

TIR enables goods to be shipped from a country of origin, through transit countries, to a country of destination in sealed load compartments that are controlled by customs via a multilateral, mutually recognized system. It is said to be the easiest, safest and most reliable way to move goods across multiple international borders, saving time and money for transport operators and customs authorities.

Following the first successful TIR pilot operation from Bandar Abbas (Iran) to Tajikistan via Afghanistan, the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Iran (KTAI) corridor is now open for Transports Internationaux Routiers (International Road Transport) (TIR) transports.