Official Dismisses Claims on Ships Carrying Grain for Iran

Iranian authorities dismissed media reports suggesting that ships carrying imported food and grain for Iran have been stuck outside two main ports in the Southern part of the country as a result of the US sanctions.

“The ships carrying basic goods were waiting for discharge outside Imam Khomeini Port, Iran’s main port for goods, but they had been stuck because of increased import activity at the port,” said a provincial official at the southern Iranian province of Khuzestan on Thursday.

He noted that assume that storage capacity in this port has been nearly three million tons but currently around six million tons of basic goods have entered this port and it is obvious that some ships should wait for discharge.

Reuters News Agency had claimed in a report that at least 20 dry bulk ships carrying around one million tons of grains were waiting outside Imam Khomeini Port for unloading.

It said other vessels had waited for weeks for their cargoes to be processed in the port and in Bandar Abbas, another major cargo port on the Persian Gulf due to financial problems.

In August, the Iranian official said that imports for basic goods and foodstuffs have significantly increased this year amid efforts to offset the impacts of the American sanctions.

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