The Islamic Republic has invested $1 billion in Chabahar’s Shahid Beheshti port.
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With the web of U.S. sanctions tightening, Iran faces a host of challenges as it looks to an isolated port in the country's far southeast to maintain the flow of goods. The port in Chabahar, only about 100 kilometers from the Pakistan border and located on the Indian Ocean, is Iran's largest outside the Gulf. It is also the only Iranian port with exemptions from unilateral economic sanctions reimposed by the United States in 2018 .The ships that officials say have docked in the past year have only loaded and unloaded 2.1 million tons of cargo, a far cry from the port's annual capacity of 8.5 million tons. Only 20 ships have docked at the new section of the port and most of its 3 kilometers of waterfront remains unutilized, with new machinery and neatly lined-up cranes standing idle.
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