Adani Group opens cargo traffic from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan at Mundra port

The Adani Group has removed a ban on exports and imports to and from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran at its , reversing an order made in October.

The company said it removed the ban after consultations with terminal and vessel operators, customs broker associations and importers who had agreed to adhere to security compliances.

The Adani Group had banned the import and export of containerised cargo from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan at its Mundra port on October 11.

The move came less than a month after almost 3,000 kilograms of heroin were seized from two containers from the port in Gujarat.

Mundra is the largest commercial port in India and emerged as the largest container handling port in the financial year 2020-21 (surpassing JNPT) with a market share of 32% (a gain of around 5%), according to the conglomerate’s latest annual report.

According to government data, the value of imports from these countries in April-July were — Afghanistan: $107.33 million, Iran: $153.63 million and Pakistan: $0.45 million.

India imports dry fruits, resins and vegetable extracts, coffee, tea and spices from Afghanistan, while dry fruits, inorganic chemicals, rare earth metals, mineral fuels and bituminous substances are from Iran and project goods and aluminium from Pakistan.

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