2.1 Afghanistan Port Assessment

Afghanistan is a landlocked country relying upon the sea port services of neighbouring countries. The ports of Karachi and Port Qasim in Pakistan have traditionally been used by Afghanistan for all sea-bound freight. Afghanistan is also easily accessible through alternate ports (Bandar Abbad and Chabahar) in Iran. Although smaller in operational capacity they give an alternate supply route should insecurity escalate within Pakistan. These entry points would also allow direct access to the west of Afghanistan via IslamQala (Herat) border avoiding insecure regions of Helmand, Farah, & Nimroz within Afghanistan.

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