New commercial container line to begin service between Iran and France

Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines
Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) is to begin running a new commercial line between a number of Iranian and Iraqi ports and Haropa – Port of Le Havre in France.

Before the international embargo and sanctions, Iranian containerships called at Le Havre every week between 2006 and 2009, connecting the main Iranian ports.

The service will begin in February and will be operated by Hafez Darya Arya Shipping Company, also known as HDASCO Line, which is the Iranian national shipping company specialising in container transport and a subsidiary of IRISL Group.

This new service times are as 19 days between Le Havre and Bandar Abbas. It will call at the ports of Bandar Abbas, Asaluyeh, Bandar Iman, Khomeini, Busher and Khorramsharh in Iran and Um Qasr in Iraq.

The service will also call ports of Malta/Khor Fakkam/Jebel Ali/Xingang/Busan/Qingdao/Shanghai/Ningbo/Yantian/Port Kelang.

Liner department manager, Worms Services Maritimes Agency, Le Havre, Jean-Marc Peltier, said, “This is a great opportunity offered to the French importers and exporters who wish to develop their trade with Iran

“This country, which has around 80 million inhabitants, is a high-potential market, especially regarding the sectors of chemistry, agri-food (flour, milk, etc.) cosmetics, electrical appliances, retail and of course automotive trade as well as oil and gas industry.

“While world trade with traditional Asian partners is slowing down, promising perspectives with the Iranian market are most welcome.”

Le Havre calls are every Tuesday at the Terminal de France and handled by the Générale de Manutention Portuaire.