Iran denies car exports to Iraq halted
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 26 / Trend F.Mehdi/
Iranian Customs Administration deputy director Mohammad-Reza Naderi has denied news about halting exports of Iranian-made cars to Iraq, saying that despite some problems, the exports are being carried out, ISNA reported.
"If there is any problem with the Iraqi side, we are ready to solve it," Naderi said, adding that the customs data show that car exports have risen considerably.
Meanwhile, Nour Salem, a member of the Economy and Investment Committee in the Iraqi parliament, has declared that this committee had suggested a ban on the import of Iranian-made cars, which have resulted in horrible car accidents due to manufacturing flaws.
Moreover, Iraq is setting forth a plan to import cars that suit its fuel resources, said Adnan al-Sharifi, the CEO of the state-owned car-import corporation.
"Iraqi fuel is well refined, something that Iranian companies have not observed," he added, according to Al Monitor.
The state-owned corporation for car imports stated that it had banned the import of Iran-made Saiba and Samand cars at the beginning of the year.
In November 2012, the Chairman of the Economic Development Committee of Iran and Iraq, Ali Saeedlou said that the Iran-Iraq trade could reach the $25 billion mark in the next two years, IRNA reported.
Saeedlou noted that the trade, which currently stands at some $12 billion, could reach $25 billion, as Iran has the expansion of economic ties with Iraq as one of country's priorities.
Saeedlou noted that Iran is interested in expanding economic relations with all neigboring countries, and especially with Iraq.