USD sold at rials at Iran’s Forex Center

Business Materials 3 March 2013 10:41 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Mar.3/ Trend F.Milad‎‏/

US dollar was sold at the price of 24,545 rials at Iran's forex center on Sunday.

Euro was also presented at the price of 31,961 rials, while British pound was traded at 36,897 rials, the IRNA News Agency reported.

Euro, British pound and US dollar were sold at the same prices on Saturday.

The new foreign exchange center was officially inaugurated on September 24. Some 21,013 applications worth 7.5 billion dollars have been registered at the center until February 28.

The new center allows importers of goods including truck tires, construction equipment and synthetic fibers to buy dollars at a rate 2 percent cheaper than the street rate at any given time.

According to the center's spokesman Samad Karimi, Iran's forex center has the capacity to trade over 100 million dollars each working day.

The government maintains an official reference rate of 12,260 rials to the dollar, but only a limited amount of foreign exchange is available at this rate.

Iranian government plans to use revenues from petrochemical sales and 14.5 percent of its oil revenues to provide dollars for the center, central bank governor Mahmoud Bahmani said in September, 2012. He did not give an absolute figure for the amount of dollars to be supplied.

"With the distribution of currency in this center, the exchange rate in the market will go down, because some of the demand (for dollars) will be met in this center and the pressure of demand will be removed," Bahmani was quoted as saying.