Afghanistan in the month of September 2013, for the first time directly sent Afghan dry fruits to India using the Chabahar port .Before this, Afghanistan used to send their goods using Karachi port of Pakistan.
Because of the political restrictions and high storage cost, Afghanistan was facing problems in exporting their goods to India. To overcome this problem the Indian embassies in Kabul and Tehran had been working closely with the Governments of Afghanistan and Iran for the past few months to ensure that the shipment goes through the Iranian Chabahar port.
India officially confirmed participation in the Chabahar port project in May 2013, when External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid visited Tehran for the 17th meeting of the India-Iran Joint Commission.
About Chabahar port
• Chabahar port is a sea port in Chah Bahar in southeastern Iran.
• It is located between Indian Ocean and Omen Sea.
• The port was partially funded by India.
India-Iran Joint Commission
India and Iran hold regular bilateral discussions on economic and trade related issues within the framework of India-Iran Joint Commission. The 17th India-Iran Joint Commission meeting was held from 3-5 May 2013 in Tehran.