The first export cargo from Afghanistan to India will be shipped through Iran's Chabahar Port within the next month using the international customs transit system (TIR system), a government press release from Iran quoted Husne Mubarak Azizi, the head of foreign affairs at Afghanistan's Ministry of Transport, as saying.
According to Marine Link, Afghanistan is preparing to ship the first cargo of five containers through Chabahar to India within a month or sooner.
The report stated the cargo will contain mung beans and each container will weigh about 22 tons.
The delivery of this five-container cargo will be conducted under the TIR system, it said.
According to the Afghan Ministry of Transport's Foreign Affairs Directorate, the cargo will be shipped as a pilot project from Afghanistan to India, the Financial Tribune reported.
Chabahar Port is a key trade port, providing Afghanistan with direct sea access.
In May 2016, India, Iran and Afghanistan signed an agreement on the establishment of a Transit and Transport Corridor among the three countries using Chabahar Port as the regional hub for sea transportation.
In February last year, Iran said it had agreed to lease operational control of Chabahar to India for 18 months and in June, India’s Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said India is trying to make Chabahar fully operational by 2019.