Iran plans to modernize customs

Business Materials 5 May 2012 13:10 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 05/ Trend F.Milad/

The Iranian Customs Administration has started a comprehensive plan today to modify regulations, reinvigorate human resources and modernize management processes nationwide.

The IRNA News Agency quoted Customs Administration head Abbas Memarnejad as saying that materializing electronic customs, improving laws and regulations, and streamlining trade at customs are among the goals of the plan.

The plan is projected to be fully implemented within 36 months within four phases.

Iran has scaled up its trade with 160 countries last calendar year, which ended on March 19, despite being embattled with global economic sanctions, Memarnejad said in April.

He added the non-oil trade balance decreased from $30.5 billion the previous year to $17.9 billion last year.

The exports rose by 28 percent year on year, while imports fell by four percent, he noted.