Import goods registered in Iran's customs with fake price tag
Tehran, Iran, Aug.22
The real prices of some imported goods are not declared in Iran's customs system, said a member of Tehran Chamber of Commerce.
"The data and price of some imported goods that are registered in customs are not real due to lack of necessary means for data registration," stated Mehrad Ebad, Trend reports citing ISNA.
"The importers register the value of the good based on the import rates, but some of importers refuse to register new data of new imports due to customs' long procedure and register the goods based on old rate instead," he noted.
"There is a certain price for imported goods in customs clearance system, while the goods can have different rates due to the time, exporter country or their brand, but this is not reflected in the system," he added.
"Importers used to seek the lower imports tariff, but now, considering that many obtain official foreign currency rate of 42,000 rial per dollar, some of the importers register imported goods with higher value than their real price," he noted.
"Currently, the importers should first register in system for importing goods and after confirmation of Ministry of Industry, they may ask for official foreign currency rate from the Central Bank of Iran, so that the value of goods can be monitored. The importer can register value of goods by 10 percent higher or lower than its real price; otherwise, the importer will be fined," he added.
"The customs administration is facing two types of false statistics: one is the price of the imported goods reduced by the importers to pay less tariff, and the other is the price increased by some importers to obtain more official foreign currency," he said.