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Following the recent thaw in Iranian-western relations and the signing of the nuclear deal in Geneva, container carriers are once again lining up to launch direct services to the country. With an 80m population that has been subject to crippling sanctions for a number of years, it is a market waiting to grow. Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines’ chief executive Mohammed Dajmar said at least five carriers were currently in negotiations with the state-owned port operator about resuming calls.

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