فرود عسگری
IRICA supports non-oil exports Foroud Asgari, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA), says that export plays an important role in production, and it can increase Irans credibility in international markets.

(SHADA: TEHRAN) -- Based on the policies adopted in the 20-year vision document, economic development plans and government approvals for export growth have been developed and approved, and responsible organizations including the IRICA are required to provide appropriate facilities and services to exporters to achieve the above goal, Asgari noted.

A look at the IRICA’s practices in recent years shows that customs support packages, both in terms of facilitating regulations and quick and easy clearance of goods, provide relatively good conditions for exporters and export-oriented firms, but what has caused a significant change over the past three years in the process of clearing the non-oil export goods and the trade balance in favor of exports is the launch of the comprehensive customs systems and the Cross-border Trade Single Window, he stated.

Currently, export shipments are cleared in less than one day, and for non-perishable goods, this time is an hour. Also, export licenses are issued by using the Customs Window System, Asgari added.

Moreover, the charges received from imported raw materials which are used in the final production of the product are returned to the owners of the goods in a short time; In recent months, with a view to raising the financial strength of production units and improving their turnover, the issue of refund has been accelerated and more authorities have been given to the customs throughout the country, he said.

Asgari further stated initial investigations show that Customs has overcome more than 80 percent of the problems existed in the clearance of export goods, and there is no problem for transferring the export goods from the customs except when they are stopped for other reasons such as the closure of the border.

One of the main goals of customs in providing facilities to exporters is that they have no trouble in this area, and therefore, several consensus and cooperation meetings have been held with the present of business activists in the field of exports, he stressed.

According to him, given the developments and changes in the electronic customs, it can be argued that the capacities for exports are not less than the imports’.

It is important to say that no exports can be successful without relying on the high domestic production capability (except for re-export), and given that a significant portion of production units in our country needs raw materials, machinery and equipment from abroad to continue their activities, providing desirable services to importers of intermediate goods and quick clearance of raw materials with the use of customs electronic systems, along with the development of export facilities, are in the agenda of customs officials, and a lot of measures have been taken to improve them, Asgari noted.