Customs role should change to promote Iran's economic status
Tehran, Aug 16, IRNA -- Head of Iran's Customs Administration Masoud
Karbasian here on Saturday said that to promote Iran's status in
the world economic scene, the general role of customs should change.
He told IRNA that given the decisive role of electronic trade in
the world, mechanized services and electronic customs should develop
across the country.
"At present, over 90 percent of Iran's trade exchange is handled
mechanically. We are determined to apply the method of electronic
manifest, according to which the client is notified on the
information about products by the shipping company prior to its
delivery to customs," he added.
Stressing that mechanization of customs affairs will expedite
the process, he added that once the system of payment after the
release of goods becomes effective, the investors capitals will no
more be kept suspended at customs.
He reiterated that the growing trend of the world trade requires
a change in the customs in proportion to it.
Karbasian said that heavier punishment for smuggling of goods
has prompted the customs to safeguard the benefits of the community
"Customs plays a decisive role by preventing import of unhealthy
foodstuff, non-standard medicine, drugs, arms, unethical published
material and infected cattle," he added.
The official said that Iran's Customs Administration is
determined to encourage domestic producers and investors to attend
the world markets to facilitate export. http://www.irna.ir/en/tnews/030816192624.etn06.shtml