Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.1
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
The Iranian administration is preparing a plan aimed to prevent from importing low-quality foreign cars into the country.
Secretary of Iran's Auto Industry International Conference, Sasan Qorbani said the plan is expected to be approved in the next month, Iran's Mehr news agency reported on November 29.
Some of the cars which were used to be imported had not met the national quality standards. These cars will not be imported within the plan, he explained.
Iran's industry, mine, and trade minister Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh said on November 22 that the government plans to decrease air pollution in large cities, Iran's Shana news agency reported.
It is expected that such cars will be manufactured next year domestically, he added.
Iran has reduced the tariff for importing electric and hybrid cars to zero, he noted.
In February, Iranian MP Ali Alilou of the Majlis Industries and Mines Committee said Iran was planning to cut all car import tariffs to zero in two years, according to the report.
The Iranian automobile industry, the biggest non-oil sector of the economy, constituting around 10 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), boomed over the decade ending in 2011.
However, the experts pointed that the administration of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which increased car import duties as much as 90 percent in 2013, led to a marked deterioration of quality on the Iranian market.