Friday, September 24, 2004

IranMania News Smuggling slows transit in Iran

IranMania News: "Smuggling slows transit in Iran

Friday, September 24, 2004 - ©2004

LONDON, Sep 24 (IranMania) - The growing trend of smuggling has prompted fears resulting in a slowdown in the process of transiting goods and services along the borders, Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported.

Last year, Iran exported $9 mln worth of various goods and services via transit, said Mohammad Atrchian, managing director of Iran’s transit office, adding it will exceed $10 mln this year (ending March 20, 2005).

“In comparison with the corresponding period last year, we have experienced a 75% growth in the first four months of this year,” he said.

Iran comprises 25% of the regional transit market capacity, Atrchian stated. “We intend to get more of the market trade through extending the capacity of transit ports and roads.” Currently, Iran uses 18,000 kilometers of its roads for the purpose of transiting goods.

“We can increase the country’s transit capacity by simplification of relevant rules and regulations, reducing surcharges, developing economic relations with neighboring countries, and standardization of trade documents,” he insisted.



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