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January 2019, No. 90


Mazandaran Special Report | News in Brief

Mazandaran Preparing for
Export with EEU Preferential Tariffs


“Replacement of the US dollar with the national currencies of Turkey, Iran and Russia in the field of exports was one of the most important agreements of the recent summit of the three countries” Eslami said.


Mazandaran governor general has urged export custodians in the private sector to prepare their plans for exporting goods to the Eurasian Economic Union after deciding preferential tariffs for the Islamic Republic of Iran in a near future. Mohammad Eslami, speaking at a meeting to discuss the economic problems of the manufacturing and industrial units of the province, which was held with the participation of managers of executive agencies and members of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture of the province, said: “With the forthcoming membership of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Eurasian Economic Union, export of Iranian products to the EEU member countries will be subject to preferential tariffs.”

He added that general agreement has been reached on exports of products subject to preferential tariffs.

He emphasized on the necessity of comprehensive planning to realize the $3 billion export target with a view to the EEU market and noted: “By lifting the preferential tariffs on Iranian exports to the Caspian Sea states, export of Iranian goods to these countries, especially by businessmen of Mazandaran, will be boosted.”

The high representative of the government in Mazandaran added: “Lack of preferential tariffs for exporting Iranian products to the EEU would make the prices of our manufactured goods more expensive for export to these countries and reduce competition with other rival exporting countries to Russia and EEU. With the removal of preferential tariffs, it seems that the way to export Iranian products to Russia and Eurasia would be opened and Mazandaran traders should take advantage of this golden opportunity.”

Eslami who chairs the Government-Private Sector Council said the province’s export promotion scheme has been set at $3 billion by the end of the Sixth Development Plan (2021), and the Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture needs to present its plan to implement this export policy.

Eslami added: “The main axis of export in the provinces is the Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture and the chamber should have plans to fulfill the province’s export target, and executive agencies should also assist the chamber in implementation of this scheme.”

The governor general of Mazandaran said the most important problems in the way of exports from the Caspian province were lack of big companies, exports in small volumes and its reliance on cash. In order to solve the problem of liquidity in exports, especially banking transactions, Iranian businessmen should establish a credit line with other exporters, he added.

He said that replacement of the US dollar with the national currencies of Turkey, Iran and Russia in the field of exports was one of the most important agreements of the recent summit of the three countries. “This plan should also become operational for Iraq as another Iranian export partner, especially for Mazandaran businessmen.”

 

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