Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Iran government in no hurry for car imports

IranMania News: "Iran government in no hurry for car imports

Tuesday, October 19, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com
LONDON, Oct 19 (IranMania) - Iran's Commerce Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari said on Monday that the government is in no hurry to flood the market with imported cars, stressing that no decision has yet been made on importing low-priced Chinese vehicles.

The Minister told ISNA that the procedures for importing automobiles are transparent and all companies interested in bringing in vehicles must follow the same process, with Chinese cars being no exception.

"We are not worried about the prospect of these procedures leading to a slowdown in car imports," he said, stressing that the government has not yet made a decision about the proposal to consider certain privileges for car imports by students and state employees.

Earlier, Head of Iran's Customs Administration Masoud Karbasian told Fars news agency last month that the projected revenues from car import duties will not be achieved this year.

The government has projected revenues of 6.4 tln rials from car import tariffs until March 2005.

"With the approach of the new Christian year, not many people would be willing to import 2004 models," he said, adding that customs offices nationwide have tried to do away with unnecessary formalities to facilitate automobile imports in recent months.

He said, however, that any further initiative to make auto imports easier must be announced by the Commerce Ministry.

Minister of Industries and Mines Es'haq Jahangiri also said earlier that the government has not authorized the import of second-hand vehicles and lambasted the media for fanning rumors which he said create expectations among the public.

"While no decision has been taken on importing second-hand cars, the press built up such expectations among the Iranians," Jahangiri told ISNA.

The Minister said that the only decision which was made recently by the government on this issue was that Iranian expatriates can bring in their personal effects including used cars when returning home."

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