Iran wants customs hurdles with Russia lifted


’s Minister of Communication
and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi has called for removing
“customs hurdles” with Russia.

Iran has called for joint
efforts with Russia to remove the “customs hurdles” which it says are
obstructing the expansion of trade between the two countries.

Minister of Communication and Information Technology has been quoted by
the Russian media as saying that he plans to raise this issue together
with others in his upcoming meetings with the related Russian officials
in Moscow and Astrakhan.
“We are interested in developing
relations between Iran and Russia. We should pave a way for this, should
ease visa regime, get rid of customs hurdles, ease online banking,”
Russia’s ITAR-TASS agency has quoted Vaezi as saying. The Iranian
minister was talking to the reporters after meeting Astrakhan Region
Governor Alexander Zhilkin.
“I will personally try to resolve
several issues at talks today and tomorrow in Astrakhan and Moscow. One
of these issues is creating ‘green corridors’ for Iranian goods. And I
hope we will reach an agreement,” he noted.
Vaezi, who co-chairs
Russian-Iranian commission on trade and economic cooperation, is in
Astrakhan to take part in the business forum “Russia-Iran: trade and
economic and investment cooperation,” ITAR-TASS added.
announced in March that it is taking the required measures to establish
“green corridors” on its Caspian coasts to receive agricultural products
from Iran.
Russian Deputy Agriculture Minister Sergei Levin was
quoted by the media as saying that the ports of Makhachkala and
Astrakhan are geared up for the purpose as Russia is pushing through its
efforts to find new sources of food supplies amid spat with the West
and Turkey.
The green corridors are expected to simplify customs
procedures and expedite the formalities for customs clearance and
document formalization.

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