Iran launches 500 anti-smuggling police stations
Tehran, Iran, February 26
By Mehdi Sepahvand –- Trend:
The Iranian police has launches 500 anti-smuggling stations across the country to fight the smuggling of goods and currencies, says Ali Masume, legal director of the Central Anti-Smuggling Headquarters.
He also reported of arrangements to reduce the time lapse of smuggling-related legal procedures to 75 days, IRIB news agency reported February 26.
Goods smuggling poses serious obstacles to industrial production in Iran. According to official estimations, about $25 billion worth of goods are annually smuggled into the country, which is equal to Iran’s income from oil exports.
Over the past six months from March to September, 2016, worth 70 trillion rials ($2.2 billion) of smuggled goods were seized in Iran.