Customs continue to operate in southern provinces of Iran
BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 31
By Elnur Baghishov - Trend
Customs continue to operate in the southern provinces of Iran alongside the ports of Hormozgan, Bushehr, and Sistan and Baluchestan provinces, said Spokesman for Iran's Customs Administration Rouhollah Latifi, Trend reports with reference to Iran's Customs Administration.
According to Latifi, despite the introduction of coronavirus quarantine regime in the Khuzestan province of southwestern Iran, the customs office of the port of Bandar Imam Khomeini continues to operate, and import and export are carried out normally.
Latifi added that customs operations continue in the Anzali, Caspian and Astara's ports of Gilan province in northern Iran. The customs of Mazandaran province also continue to operate.
The official said that Astara customs continue trade operations.
"Iran's border customs with Iraq (excluding Kurdish autonomy) have been closed by Iraq until April 15. Thus, the Shalamcha, Chazzaba, Sumar, Mehran and Khosravi border customs are completely closed," he said.
Latifi said that a railway border customs operates at Iran's Razi customs with Turkey and Iran's trade with Turkey continues through the customs border point. The Bazargan border customs is still closed.
Iran is one of the countries heavily affected by the rapidly-spreading coronavirus. According to recent reports from the Iranian officials, over 41,400 people have been infected, 2,757 people have already died. Meanwhile, over 13,900 have reportedly recovered from the disease.
The country continues to apply strict measures to contain the further spread. Reportedly, the disease was brought to Iran by a businessman from Iran's Qom city, who went on a business trip to China, despite official warnings. The man died later from the disease.
The Islamic Republic only announced its first infections and deaths from the coronavirus on Feb. 19.