Sunday, November 21, 2004

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IranMania News: "Automakers blamed for sluggish car imports

Sunday, November 21, 2004 - ©2004
LONDON, Nov 21 (IranMania) - Iranian Commerce Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari finally disclosed that sluggish car imports are chiefly due to mounting pressures from domestic automakers trying hard to curb, and if possible prevent, imports.

He told ISNA that the Ministry of Industries and Mines is in charge of drawing up the technical criteria for car imports, adding that certain officials are working to slow down car import procedures.

"Some people who see their interest harmed by car imports have accused the Commerce Ministry of trying to turn Iran into a scrap yard for cars," he said, stressing that the ministry has also been blamed for 'harming the domestic automotive industry by permitting the import of used cars'.

The Minister further said that one of the main reasons for high prices of goods in Iran is the exorbitant transportation costs.

"Transportation costs have jumped in recent years due to insufficient road transportation fleet," he said, adding that domestic heavy vehicle manufacturing companies are not be able to fully meet the needs of the transportation sector.

"Now, when we talk about the import of heavy vehicles which have been produced in the last two years and are authorized to travel on European roads, those who pursue their own financial interests from the domestic production of such vehicles begin to accuse us of harming domestic production," he said.

Noting that the domestic automotive industry has provided jobs for more than 400,000 people, Shariatmadari said, "If expert studies suggest that the importation of some models would harm the national industries, we would set basic prices for such vehicles.""


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