Iran still facing problems to export food products to Russia
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 25
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran is still facing problems to export food products to Russia.
Shahrokh Zahiri, chairman of Tehran chamber of commerce, said import tariffs are very high and are about 10-30 percent, Iran's Fars news agency reported on Jan. 25.
"We are pursuing the issue. It is hoped that the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Iran within the next two months would resolve the problems."
One of the main problems is the delay in loading and unloading at Russia's Astrakhan port, he said.
Russia has issued licenses for 18 Iranian companies to export fisheries to Moscow.
Isa Golshahi, an official with Iran Fisheries Organization, said previously said that Iran is ready to export 100,000 metric tons of fisheries to Russia.
During an official visit to Tehran by a high-ranking Russian delegation, the country officially requested Iran to increase its agricultural products and food stuff exports to Moscow in order to meet the country's domestic demands.
Head of Iran-Russia Joint Chamber of Commerce Assadollah Asgaroladi said on September 30 that the chamber is studying a plan to replace US dollar with the two country's national currencies - rial and ruble - in bilateral trades.
"A Russian bank is supposed to establish a branch in Tehran, transferring the money to businesspersons at the exchange rate of free market," he explained.