First European shipping line to set up offices in Iran
Eleven international shipping companies have set up offices at Shahid Rajaee Port, Iran’s largest commercial port, according to Iranian media.
Various Iranian news outlets are quoting Mohammad Saeidnejad, the president of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) as adding that the first European company will open its office at the port within the next four weeks.
Saeidnejad has not said which European shipping company will open offices, but most in the industry expect it to be either MSC or CMA CGM.
On July 15, Diego Aponte, CEO of Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC), visited Tehran to discuss post-sanctions business opportunities with his counterpart at Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), Mohammad Hossein Dajmar.
CMA CGM’s 11,500-teu containership Andromeda will call at Shaid Rajaee port in early August, as part of its Asia-Europe loop.
It has taken months of negotiations between shipping lines and Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization to encourage carriers to establish direct port calls in the country, Saeidnejad said.
The companies that have already set up offices come from a range of countries, including China and South Korea, Saeidnejad added.
Previously, while trade sanctions were imposed on Iran, all import cargo had to be transshipped from countries in the Middle East.
Now, international shipping companies want to ship cargoes directly to Iran to save delivery time and costs.