Adani Ports will not handle containers from Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan
Mundra Port, Gujarat, India (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY/AFP via Getty Images)
INDIA’S biggest port operator Adani Ports and Social Economic Zone on Monday (11) said that its terminals would no longer handle export and import of container cargoes from countries like Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan starting November 15.
The announcement comes weeks after Indian officials seized a massive quantity of heroin originating from Afghanistan worth Rs 200 billion (£1.9 billion) from two containers in Mundra Port in the western Indian state of Gujarat.
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“This trade advisory will apply to all terminals operated by (Adani Ports) and including third party terminals at any (company) port till further notice,” Adani Ports, which is part of the Adani Group conglomerate, said in a statement issued.
The company did not give a reason for the decision. An Adani Group spokesperson said, “The port has issued it to the concerned stakeholders.”
On the seizure of heroin, Adani Ports said the port operators are not allowed to examine containers and the company has “no policing authority over the containers or the millions of tonnes of cargo” that pass through terminals at its ports.