Iran launches new container service to China
Iran has launched a new shipping route linking Bandar Abbas with Qinzhou Port in the Beibu Gulf, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
The Iranian container ship "Perarin," with a 3,280-teu capacity, arrived at Qinzhou Port on Wednesday, offloading 978 containers from several countries along the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road.
China began focusing on the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road in 2013, along with the Silk Road Economic Belt, to expand horizons for further trade and economic cooperation.
The arrival of "Perarin" at Qinzhou Port marked the opening of the first shipping route directly linking the Middle East and the Beibu Gulf, which has three ports -- Qinzhou, Beihai and Fangchenggang.
There are 22 container ships departing from the Beibu Gulf each week for major ports in the ASEAN region. Guangxi is now looking to extend its shipping routes to more Middle East and European countries to boost foreign trade.