Iranian exporters need government cooperation in lifting export ban

Tehran, Iran, Aug.19

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Iranian exporters need more cooperation from the government in term of lifting exports ban by reviewing the list of banned items, said Head of Iran Export Confederation Mohammad Lahoti, Trend reports citing ILNA.

"The goods that can not be fully supplied by domestic production should be removed from the list, but we don't see any cooperation so far. We think the only solution is the cooperation between public and private sector," he added.

"The exports ban policy in past 14 months has banned the export of chicken, egg, onion, tomato paste and dates, thus, creating confusion for exporters. After numerous meetings with members of the export confederation, the ministry of industry took a new approach and removed some of the items from the list and implementing logical tax ," he said.

"Some like to create a media frenzy claiming the exporters are not returning the foreign currency revenues to the country, despite the fact that the Central Bank of Iran has indicated the return of foreign currency revenues," he noted.

"The statistics of Central Bank of Iran has the precise figures on return of exports' foreign currency revenues, so no other organization is credible to provide statistics, although there are some violations, and like in any other field, there are individuals who abuse the situation," he added.

" While the oil sale drops to its lowest limit in past decades, the return of foreign currency revenues from non-oil exports becomes very important. The exporters, particularly from the private sector, have showed their commitments in this regard and the CBI Governor has appreciated their cooperation," he noted.

Referring to government import ban policy on 1,400 items, he said: "As the representatives of private sector, we do not agree with any limitation, but we believe the import tariff system should be controlled, especially for goods that are in high demand domestically and are related to people's health."

In his words, the limitations of these goods led to increased smuggling. Since the smuggled goods are not supervised by medical or health administration, there is a possibility that the goods are fake.

"We are aware of the fact that the government foreign currency sources are limited and they should be managed. However, we have suggested many times that the list of the items bannedfrom import should be reviewed by Iran Export Confederation," he said.

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