Iran's top cargo shipping line says sanctions damage mounting
Reuters / Yeganeh Torbati and Jonathan Saul

Targeted Western sanctions are hurting Iran's vital shipping industry and if the pressure continues its biggest cargo carrier will face increasingly grave problems, the head of the Iranian line said.

"If the government was not assisting, (sanctions) would have stopped a lot more of our activity," Mohammad Hussein Dajmar, managing director of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), said in an interview published on Sunday.

"If this situation continues, certainly our operations will face serious problems. Shipping has been among the primary objectives of sanctions. The damage has had a significant bearing. More pressure will result in greater damage," Dajmar was quoted as saying by Iranian business daily Jahan-e Sanat.

Executives of other Iranian shipping companies such as the National Iranian Tanker Company have been less willing than Dajmar to speak about the impact of sanctions.

IRISL, has been on a Western blacklist of sanctioned entities for years accused of transporting weapons, which it denies.

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