Iranian official: Law to ban export of goods won't cure economy
Tehran, Iran, Jan.16
Iran has recently banned exports of its goods due to their shortage in the domestic markets, however the ban has hurt the exporters.
"Orienting Iran's economy towards exports needs requirements that include stability of exports law," said the head of the Export Development Committee of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) Adnan Mousapour in an interview with Trend.
"The exporters have been encouraged to export their goods to the global markets during the past years, but suddenly many export items were banned, that was questionable," he added.
"One of the questions is that has it helped or made things worse? Such decisions would close the door to exports, and Iran will witness damages from such decisions," Mousapour believes.
He went on to say that in his opinion, the decision was based on lack of certain goods in the country, so the exports got banned.
"This was not a coordinated solution for exporters and policy makers," he said.
The director of the Export Bureau of Iranian Customs Administration, Ali Akbar Shadmani has recently announced the ban on butter, beans and some agricultural exports from December 22.
Mousapour believes the "sudden ban" on exports of some goods would put the country's interests in danger.
"Despite all the problems in production, the efforts were made to introduce food items at the global market, and this export ban of some goods would spoil all these efforts and lead to distrust towards Iranian goods and businessmen," he said.
The official indicated the decision to ban some exports goods would not cure Iran's economy.
"The ban of goods' export has been introduced many times, but no lesson was learned from this, and making wrong decisions have become a habit," he said.
"The daily obstacles for exports and exporters indicate the policy makers are not familiar with the field of exports and hurt the exports as much as they can, without noticing the fact that the damage would effect production, imports and many other things."