Iran’s cigarette, clothes and mobile phone imports face fall
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 12 /Trend N. Umid/
Iran has imported some 4,699 tons of cigarettes, worth $37.1 millions, during the first six months of the current solar year (which started on March 21), which indicates a decrease in terms of value and volume by 40.3 and 12.8 per cent respectively, compared to the same period of the last solar year, the website of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administrations (IRICA) said.
According to the report cigarettes were mainly imported from Turkey, the UAE and South Korea.
Iran imported 5,388 tons of cigarettes, worth $62.09 millions during the first half of the last solar year.
In August, ISNA quoted head of the Iranian centre for supervision over the consumption of tobacco products Shamseddin Nikmanesh as saying that Iranians smoke 36 trillion rials which is some $1.45 billion (based on official rate of 24,790 rials) worth of cigarettes annually.
Some 50-60 billion cigarettes are smoked in Iran per year, 40 billion of which are produced domestically, nine billion are imported legally and the rest are smuggled, he explained.
Meanwhile, the Iranian Tobacco Company Managing Director Masoum Najafian said in May that over 30 per cent of cigarettes consumed in Iran have been smuggled.
Some 61 billion cigarettes are smoked in Iran annually, he added.
Clothes imports decreases by 89 per cent
Some 150 tons clothes worth $1.088 millions were imported, mainly from China, the UAE and Italy during the first six months of the current solar year. Imports of clothes decreased by 82.7 per cent in weight and 89.6 per cent in value, compared to the same period of the last solar year. Iran imported 870 tons of clothes, valued at $10.481 millions during the first half of the last solar year.
Mobile phone imports decreases by 25 per cent
Iran has imported $69.136 million worth of mobile phones during the first six months of the current solar year, which indicates a fall by 24.9 per cent compared to the same period of the preceding year. According to the report, mobile phones were mainly imported from the UAE, South Korea and Chabahar Free Trade-Industrial Zone (CFZ).
Iran imported $92.07 million worth of mobile phones during the first half of the last solar year.