Imam Khomeini port like many other ports is in transition from the second generation ports with manufacturing and industrial performance to third generation ports with industrial and logistics performance. Multimodal logistics services and transportation companies, using the advantage of this special zone, can act out to change the packaging and places of good sale, and way of transportation. On the other hand, contracting with international transportation companies and port services in construction of multi-purpose terminals are also included as effective steps in order to upgrade the position of Imam Khomeini port to third generation ports
Eng. Sa'dollah Abdullahi, Director General of Khuzestan’s Ports and Maritime and manager of special economic zone of Khuzestan province in an interview with the reporter of Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA), with emphasis on the upgrade of Khuzestan's ports in Country's trade exchanges, including upgrade of Imam Khomeini port to third generation ports said: because of high capabilities and capacities that Imam Khomeini port has in area of physical development and implementation of developmental projects, having high potentials for converting to logistics- base ports and with a greater role that we will assign to this port for the private sector activities, converting to new third generation plan of this port will be executed soon. He added, during this plan all of construction, flattening, equipment steps and utilization of operational terminals from wharf to transit will be done by the cost of investment and this port as government's agent will have the role of guidance and supervision.
According to ISNA report, Imam Khomeini port works out as one of the important regional transportation centers at the mid- ninth decades of beginning work. This port in 2011, after changing legal regime of a normal port to special economic zone and adding adjacent lands, today with area of more than 11 thousand hectares forms the country's largest special economic zone.