Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 22
By Elnur Baghishov - Trend:
The Iranian-Russian trade turnover is very low for the two countries, which have close ties in various fields, Russia’s special representative for the North-South Corridor affairs Dmitry Dubovik said in Iran’s Semnan province at a meeting with economic activists and executive directors at the province’s Chamber of Commerce, Trend reports via ISNA.
Dubovik, surprised by the lack of Iranian products in Russian markets, said that there are products from the majority of countries in the Russian markets. Unfortunately, despite that Iran’s products are of good quality, they haven’t been able to reach the Russian market from Iran, he said.
Noting that many products from Iran are exported to Russia via other countries, he said that in addition to the special relations between Iran and Russia, the distance between the two countries is less than between Iran or Russia and the intermediary countries.
“Iran’s tomatoes are exported to Russia via Turkey, while some of Iran’s mining and other products are exported to Russia via China,” he said. “This is a ridiculous fact that Iranian products go to Turkey, China, India and other countries and then enter the Russian market from there under a different name.”
“There are many countries that are using or even abusing Iranian products,” he noted. “Iran is a rich country and produces a great number of high quality products. The Russian market also needs these products. However, these products pass through other countries to reach Russia.”
He added that obstacles for the direct export of Iranian products to Russia should be eliminated, noting that Russia has the will to eliminate these barriers.
“Before coming to Semnan, I met with the economic activists of the Gilan province,” he said. “This province has many gardens and agriculture products. The distance between Gilan province and Russia is very small. But you know that fruits and agriculture products of this province, including oranges and kiwi are sent to India and then are imported to Russia via India.”
Dubovik noted that Russia imports bananas, kiwi, oranges and many fruits. Most of these products are exported from Iran and imported to Russia via mediator countries, he said.
The Russian official said that these problems cannot be resolved within one day. Therefore, the goals for the development of trade and economic relations should be determined and in 2019, efforts should be made to achieve these goals, he added.
“It is necessary to establish a joint committee to investigate these important issues and eliminate the barriers,” he said.
He added that a bank called Eximbank was created in Russia and it should provide unlimited funding for Iran. This funding may greatly contribute to the development of trade and economic activity between the two countries, he said.
“Russia can send to Iran equipment, technology, money, and so on, while the Iranian side can also easily transport its products to the Russian market,” he said.
Referring to some steps taken to increase trade turnover between the two countries, Dubovik said that 10,000 tons of mutton from Russia will be exported to Iran this year. Russia plans to bring this figure to 150,000 tons by 2025, he added.
He said that 250,000 tons of Russian products are exported to Iran. Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a special instruction to double sales of products to Iran, he added.