Staple goods carrying ships delayed at Iranian ports

Business Materials 26 August 2013 17:02 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku Aug. 26 / Trend, N. Umid

More than 20 ships carrying staple goods are waiting at Imam Khomeini and Dubai ports due to customs clearance problems linked to not allocating of the needed foreign currency, Tasnim news agency reported.

The Central Bank hasn't allocated the foreign currency at the rate of 12,260 rials per each USD for stable goods which have been imported by private sector, despite government's decision, the report said.

According to the report, the foreign currency in the rate of 12,260 just allocated to state importers of the staple goods.

The private sector of Iran also has problems with receiving foreign currency for official rate of 24,740 rials per dollar, the report said.

Iran's Central Bank has allocated US dollars at the official rate of 24,740 rials per each USD for private sector's staple good importers in a very limited amount during last two months.

During last months staple goods importers have faced problems due to repealing the official USD rate of 12, 260 rials by the Iranian administration.

Early in July Iranian media outlets reported that, Some 80 ships carrying wheat, press cake and staple goods are waiting for customs clearance due to foreign currency problems.

Money for wheat shipments had been paid at the previously official rate of USD (12,260 rials for each USD) and declared that additional money should be paid based on different between old and new rates for clearance of shipment.

On August 18, the newly formed cabinet of ministers of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, has made a decision regarding clearing the staple goods that have been freezed at the country's customs.

The cabinet ministers commissioned the Central Bank and the concerned ministries to adopt the necessary measures for unloading the cargo ships and customs clearance of the dire necessities of the people.