Smugglers in Iran make $20B a year

Society Materials 27 November 2015 12:11 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 27

By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

Illegal actions of smugglers in Iran bring them over $20 billion a year, according to Habibollah Haqiqi, head of Campaign against Smuggling of Goods and Foreign Currency.

"The smugglers' illegal actions also prevent to create about two million new jobs in the country," IRNA quoted Haqiqi as saying Nov. 26.

"Experts say $1 billion make it possible to open up to 100,000 new jobs," he added.

Haqiqi further said the smugglers illegally bring poor quality medicine and cosmetic products to Iran, thus creating certain threat to the population's health.

Iranian authorities have previously said that fuel, currency, household accessories, clothing and mobile phones are most of all smuggled into Iran.