Overview of AFZ

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Overview of AFZ

Arvand free zone, its establishment has been proved in the second half of 1382 was established under the Act of honorable Islamic Consultative parliament in August, 1383.

It is located on northwestern Persian Gulf with an area of 172 at the confluence of two major rivers Karun and Arvand River and it shares border with Iraq and Kuwait.

AFZ is one of the few Free Zones in Middle East which has four-dimensional transportation (Rail, road, marine, and air). AFZ is the only free zone in the country that specifically has industrial, tourism and trading areas. Half the size of this zone is dedicated to commercial and transit activities.

Regarding AFZ special geographical location, its transit and strategic channels at confluence of trade routes; its easy access to international waterways; adjacent to the second largest province in Iraq, Basra considered as religious gateway to Holy pilgrimage routes and trade gateway to this country and Mediterranean, it is recommended to use it as a mechanism of developing infrastructures, motivating trans-regional communication and attracting transit traffic.

Generally appropriate legal bases and numerous potential of the zone in the field of industry, trade and services with regard to geographical location, skilled workforce, current industrial, services and trade capabilities, facilities and infrastructure has been the impressive field of growth for Arvand Free Zone.

The free zone provides the following facilities:

  1. Rapid, easy and cheap access to regional and global markets through terrestrial, aerial and marine transportation.
  2. Cheap energy
  3. Infrastructure for export, import and transit of goods
  4. access to skilled & cheap workforce
  5. facilities and installation of Industrial and municipal infrastructure
  6. Abadan international airport.
  7. Khorramshahr port with facility and equipment for containerized and non-containerized goods.
  8. Dry port and Shalamcheh bordering market for exporting to Iraq.
  9. Abadan Oil Refinery
  10. Having infrastructure of railroad network and potential of expanding railway network.
  11. Existence of three main rivers in the region.
  12. Accepting immigrant and familiarity of people to other languages.
  13. Adjacent to Imam Khomeini Port for transiting goods.
  14. Expanding agriculture sector with reclamating cultivable lands.




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