Smuggling of cell phones to Iran drops
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 14
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Smuggling of mobile phones into Iran has reduced by at least 15 percent, said Gholamhossein Karimi Khorasani, the head of Tehran's trade union for telecommunication devices, IRNA news agency reported.
Khorasani explained that the cellphone shops in Tehran have been obligated to use software for keeping record of sold items and possibly track down a smuggled device.
He further explained that using such software increases the costs of smuggling as it is easier to monitor the procedure of buying and selling of goods through a software program.
About 10 million cell phones are smuggled into Iran annually, the smuggling of commodities into the country increased fivefold from 2007 to 2013. Fuel, currency, household accessories, clothing and cell phones are among the most smuggled goods.
In a bid to confront smuggling of goods into the country, Iran's customs administration has announced plans to revise its tariffs.