0136 GMT January 23, 2020
Mohammad Saeedi referred to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and said that the implementation of the July 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the major world powers has created a favorable atmosphere for Iran on the international scene to expand its shipping lines and marine transportation, IRNA reported.
The IRISL office in South Africa was very active in the past, but unfortunately during economic sanctions, the Iranian shipping line office in the country was shut down.
The conditions created following the implementation of the JCPOA has paved the ground for expansion of marine transportation and the IRISL fleet — Iran's biggest shipping line — has to facilitate imports and exports of goods for Iranian businessmen and producers, he said.
Iranian ships have no limit in calling at ports across the world, he said. "However, regarding some ports in other countries, we prefer to act independently," the official said.
After the implementation of the JCPOA, some 90 percent of IRISL ships operate under Iranians flag, Saeedi concluded.