The Public Relations Department of the Organization for Investment, Economic & Technical Assistance of Iran (OIETAI) reported that a meeting on ways to improve the transnational trade indicators in the business climate project was held and attended by Akbar Ghahremani the Deputy Director General of the office for loans, international institutes as well as the managers of Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) and Customs Administration.
Ghahremani said in the meeting: “although Iran’s transnational trade indicator has climbed for 8 ranks, it is expected that the indicator will jump even further compared to other countries”
Referring to the positive measures taken by the Trade Promotion Organization to improve Iran’s transnational trade indicator, he called for the implementation of the relevant amendments proposed by the World Bank.
Mr. Kermanshahi the deputy of Trade Promotion Organization, who was also present in the meeting, reiterated the need for removing the legal barriers to transnational trade and added: “we welcome the proposal by the private sector regarding acceleration of trade and elimination of the obstacles we are faced with”.
He reminded: “measures like using electronic signatures in export and import documents and forwarding them via email, facilitation of inspection processes, appraisal, and getting goods through customs have been already started and will continue”.
According to our reporter, Mr. Naderi the representative of Customs and the deputy director general of Iran’s Customs Administration reiterated that: “establishment of a distance declaration system at the Shahid Rajaee Port is now underway and Customs Administration is ready to do same for the private sector in case it wants it”.
He went on to suggest: “we may use the Shahid Rajaee Customs to handle the customs affairs of the importers and exporters of the privates sector and, also, use Imam Khomeini and Chabahar Ports for the customs-related affairs of state-run organizations so that the customs activities would be expedited.”
It was also decided that issues related to order registration, Iran Code, and the certificate of origin would be followed up on by the Trade Promotion Organization and that the reformatory measures that can be implemented by the end of spring 2010 would be announced by the respective organs so that the private sector would know about them.