Seyed Reza Nourani told Mehr News Agency on Sunday “the Iraqi government has now banned the entry of some Iranian crops including lettuce, turnips, beets, cabbage and cauliflower into its country,” adding that the ban has been in place since last week.
Referring to the fact that this is not the first time the Iraqi government bans crops import from Iran, he added "the Iraqi government has previously banned importing some other products from Iran including watermelons, potatoes, apples, tomatoes, and so on.”
Nourian stressed the need for resolving the issue saying “unfortunately, we are always faced with a new issue in our trade with Iraq,” adding that the Iraqi government has not elaborated on the ban yet.
He pointed out that these bans have so far hurt the Iranian farmers severely.
In response to a question regarding the extent of Iran’s agricultural export to Iraq, the head of the national union of Iran’s agricultural products said that Iraq is one of major markets for Iranian crops while he stressed that Iraq cannot easily replace Iran with another country in securing its agricultural products.
Iranian Parliament Research Center:TEHRAN, Jan. 07 (MNA) – In its latest report, Iranian Parliament Research Center put the country’s e economic growth in the current year at 4.1 percent.
In addition, the Center put the inflation rate in the current year (to end March 20, 2018) at 10.5%.
Turning to the situation of tax income, economic growth oil price and inflation rate, the Center added, “change of main factors affecting tax incomes will determine the rate of collections in coming years.”
Also, estimates indicate that the annual inflation rate will hit from nine percent in the past Iranian calendar year in 1395 (ended March 20, 2017) to 10.5 percent in the current Iranian calendar year in 1396 (to end March 20, 2018).
In the same direction, the oil export price will hit from $44.2 in the past Iranian calendar year to $55 in the current Iranian year in 1396 (to end March 20, 2018).
According to the Monetary and Banking Research Center, probable increase of oil price in the coming year can help considerable growth of imports volume to the tax resources of the coming year due to the direct effectiveness of the rate of oil incomes on the tax income, the report added.
With regard to the inflation, considerable growth in general level of prices in the next Iranian calendar year is predicted higher than the inflation rate in the past Iranian calendar year, the issue of which can have a positive growth on the growth of collection of tax incomes in the coming year than the current year, the Center concluded.
The Director General of East Azarbaijan province Industry, Mine and Trade Organization Hossein Nejati made the above remark, saying, “the aforementioned volume of products was exported to about 101 world countries in the same period.”
He put the value of products exported from East Azarbaijan province to other countries at about $200 million, showing a considerable hike as compared to the same period of last year.
Nejati also put the value of products exported from this province in the nine months of the past Iranian calendar year (from March 20 to Dec. 22, 2016) at about $1.3 billion, showing a considerable growth as compared to the last year’s corresponding period.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the director general added, “of total products exported to overseas from this province, 45.5 percent of which was industrial products while the rest products were related to the petrochemical, agricultural, carpet, handicrafts and metal industries.”
Export of products from customs offices of the province in the past nine months was negative while export of products from provincial customs offices in the current year turned positive, he emphasized.
The provincial products have mainly exported to the neighboring countries of Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Armenia, Georgia, Republic of Azerbaijan, Russia, Pakistan, Italy and Bulgaria, Nejati concluded.
Seyed Mostafa Davoodi from Iran Railway Company said that Iran has already been negotiating with neighboring and regional countries to develop international transit corridors, and said the third freight train from Xi'an province in western China will arrive in Iran later this week, adding that it is carrying 41 wagons.
He added that multilateral agreements have been concluded with China, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan on the origin and destination of the travel, as well as the tariff rate.
China is trying to revive the old Silk Road and Iran’s government has welcomed the project with the aim of turning the country in an Eurasian trade hub. The first freight train to travel the old silk road arrived in Iran in February 2016.
“The contract for the export of gas to Georgia has not been ruled out yet and if the agreements get finalized, the private sector will export Iranian gas to Georgia through Armenia,” said Managing Director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Hamidreza Araghi.
Mr. Araghi who also serves as Iranian Deputy Oil Minister for Gas Affairs made the remarks on Saturday.
“Iran’s geographic conditions are fit to make it possible to export gas to many countries, including Georgia, but these exports should be made through the soil of Armenia,” asserted the official.
He recounted that to put the plan into practice and finalize the deal there are many requirements to be met including the agreement with Armenia, export infrastructures, and reasonable price.
“If Iran, Armenia, and Georgia agree on gas deal, the private sector should buy gas from Iran and pay the price for swapping gas between Iran and Armenia to get gas enter Georgia,” he said.
Masoud Khansari told Mehr News about the blocking of bank accounts of established Iranian companies in China by the Chinese banks and said “Chinese banks claim that the main reason for blocking the bank accounts of Iranian companies and businessmen is money laundering and providing financial support for terrorists. Investigations are being made in this regard.”
“In the following week, we will hold a meeting with Foreign Minister Zarif and his deputy where we will discuss and investigate this problem,” Chairman of Tehran chamber of commerce asserted.
He referred to the Chinese policy change which omitted Iran from the Silk Road Project and added “Iran must adopt a more active diplomacy with respect to this issue.”
Chinese banks had formerly blocked the bank accounts of some Iranian students. Recently, however, some businessmen received advanced warnings from Chinese banks about the closing of their bank accounts. Such measures indicate a policy change in China toward Iran that might risk the future of bilateral commercial deals.
Turning to the 68% growth of goods export from Noshahr Port, he added, “the consignment will be shipped to Russia’s Astrakhan Port which includes 754 apple concentrate pallets and one date container as weigh as 901 tons at large.”
The chief executive of Ports and Maritime Organization (MPO) has emphasized on taking advantage of potentials and capacities of the port for the promotion of export, he said, adding, “all officials and personnel of Ports and Maritime Organization in Mazandaran Province try their utmost efforts to pave suitable ways for merchants and goods owners with the aim of spurring export in this port.”
In conclusion, the manager of Noshahr Port Special Economic Zone pointed to the main goods exported from Noshahr Port to the Caspian Sea littoral states as follows: livestock and agricultural products including apple puree and concentrate, food products such as tomato paste and dried nuts as well as minerals and construction materials.
The Iranian-French Tutorial Workshop will be held in the presence of France’s most prestigious oil and gas majors in the field of HSE in cooperation with HSE Department and Commercial – International Affairs Deputy Office of the Oil Ministry.
Focusing on salient status of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) in the prevention of damages and management of physical assets, strengthening culture of HSE based on behavior, managing eruption risk of oil and gas wells and also clarifying new environmental issues in the oil industry have been cited as the main topics of discussion in this tutorial workshop.
The training workshop will be held in English and it is expected that senior managers and experts of France’s TOTAL & IFP oil majors as well as experts of other oil and gas companies would deliver separate speeches in this workshop.
Deputy min. of industry:TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) – Export of saffron in South Khorasan province increased 22 percent in the eight months of the current Iranian calendar year in 1396 (from March 21 to Nov. 22) as compared to the same period last year.
Deputy Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade for Exports Affairs Mojtaba Khosrotaj made the remark on Wednesday night saying, “effective steps have been taken in the field of solving unemployment problem in the country.”
Speaking in a ceremony to honor exemplary exporters of South Khorasan Province, he pointed to the generation of employment in the country and added, “once promotion of export is ignored, employment opportunities cannot be generated in this sector.”
All countries in the world focus on promoting export in national development, he said, adding, “we believe that promotion of export requires planning accurately.”
He, who is the head of Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPOI), called on the government to remove barriers facing exporters of the country and said, “imposition of import and export rules and regulations, payment of facilities to economic activists and provision of suitable ways for constructive competition in export field are the main task of the government which should be taken into serious consideration.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, Khosrotaj called for setting up representative office in other countries in order to promote export activities.
He put the number of commercial envoys in other countries at 20 and said, “establishing representative office in other countries can help exporters to eye target markets suitably.”
Turning to the high export capacities and potentials in South Khorasan Province, he said, “tile and ceramics export in the country has witnessed a considerable six percent growth in the current year (to end March 20, 2018) as compared to a year before.”
The deputy minister once again urged the respected government to take effective steps in the field of supporting export activists and domestic exporters to spur production and generate more employment opportunities in the country.
Minister of Industry:TEHRAN, Jan. 03 (MNA) – Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Ali Shariatmadari said that business profit will likely be stabilized between 2 and 5 years.
Shariatmadari revealed on Tuesday the creation of mechanism for promoting business ties with Africa in near future.
Speaking in a meeting of Council of Dialogue between Public and Private Sector on the promotion of trade and business relations with Africa, he said, “it is logical to create diversification in export markets and there are certainly abundant potentials in African markets especially in the current situation.”
“I suggest to set up a Working Group for the promotion of trade and business ties between the government and Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA). In addition, it is logical that four trade and business centers should be established in the field of supplying products to the target markets.”
To conclude his remarks, the minister of industry said, “in this regard, the ministry has taken effective steps in the field of stabilization of business profit minimum and maximum two and five years respectively.”
Tehran (ISNA) – A new shipping route between Iran and Oman was launched on December 30.
The Khorramshahr-Sohar shipping route was launched in the presence of a Board member and deputy of Iranian Ports and Maritime organization for maritime affairs, governor of Khuzestan, Omani ambassador to Iran and a number of provincial officials.
With the inauguration of the shipping route, the export from Khorramshahr port to Oman was started and the traders, business people and producers can export commercial shipments through Khorramshahr Port to Sohar Port and on other hand unload the custom goods in Khorramshahr.
The first shipping route between Iran and Oman was put into service in April 2015, connecting the port of Bandar Abbas with the port of Sohar.
“The shipping route will pave the way for export of agricultural, petrochemical and protein products and building materials to Oman,” the Board member and deputy of Iranian Ports and Maritime organization for maritime affairs Hadi Haghshenas said on the sideline of the inauguration ceremony.
Omani ambassador to Iran Saud bin Ahmad Khalid al-Barwani also said that the inauguration of the shipping route will increase the trade volume between Iran and Oman.
“The opening of Khorramshahr-Sohar shipping route will pave the way for more economic cooperation between the two countries and Oman is willing to launch more shipping route with other Iranian ports,” he added.
Tehran (ISNA) – According to the latest statistics, Iran has exported more than $ 31 billion during the last 9 months.
From March 21 to December 21, various products worth more than $ 31 billion were exported by Iran.
Iran’s main export products during the period were included gas condensates ($ 5.98 billion), liquefied propane ($ 1.68 billion), methanol ($ 835 million), light oils and other products including gasoline ($ 810 million) and hematite iron ore ($ 756 million).
The main importers of Iranian products during the period were included China ($ 6.527 billion), Iraq ($ 4.628 billion), the United Arab Emirates ($ 4.458 billion), South Korea ($ 3.11 billion) and Afghanistan ($ 2.4 billion).
30 Iranians Missing as 2 Vessels Collide Off East China coast
TEHRAN (FNA)- Several crew members, including 30 Iranians and two Bengalese, have gone missing after two vessels collided off China's East Coast, Chinese Ministry of Transport announced on Sunday.
The collision, between a Panama-registered oil tanker and a Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter, occurred in waters about 160 sea miles east of the Yangtze River's estuary Saturday night, the ministry said.
The 32 missing crew members were all from the oil tanker. All the 21 crew members on the bulk freighter, all Chinese nationals, have been rescued, according to the ministry.
Chinese maritime authorities have dispatched eight vessels for search and rescue. After the coordination of China Maritime Search and Rescue Center, the Republic of Korea has dispatched a coastguard ship and a fixed-wing aircraft to assist in the search and rescue.
Meantime, Iranian Oil Ministry Spokesperson announced that the affected oil tanker belonged to the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) and it was carrying condensates for a South Korean company.
Most of the crew of the oil tanker were Iranians and the oil tanker had been insured by a reputable foreign company.
Refinery of South Pars Phases 22-24 Nearly Complete
TEHRAN (FNA)- Construction of a gas refinery belonging to phases 22 to 24 of the supergiant South Pars Gas Field has made 91% progress, operator of the phases' development project said.
Farhad Izadjou said the first gas sweetening train of the refinery will come online by late March 2018 and the other trains will become operational by August.
He said the offshore platforms of the phases will be installed at their designated spots in the Persian Gulf by late-March, adding the refinery will be fed by the gas recovered from phases 6 to 8 of the field that Iran shares with Qatar.
The phases are being developed for production of 56.6 million cubic meters/day of rich gas, 75,000 barrels/day of gas condensate, and 400 tons/day of sulfur.
Moreover, an annual production of 105 million tons of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and a million tons of ethane has been envisaged in developing the phases for feeding petrochemical plants.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US Treasury Department in continuation of its anti-Iran policies imposed fresh sanctions on five Iranian firms for their alleged involvement in the country’s missile development program.
Shahid Kharrazi Industries, Shahid Sani’khani Industries, Shahid Moqaddam Industries, Shahid Eslami Research Center and Shahid Shoushtari Industries have been blacklisted under the US Executive Order 13382.
As a result of the move, all the assets of the institutes in the US will be blocked and the US nationals will be banned from making deals with them.
Moreover, the US Treasury Department announced that other countries’ individuals and institutes transacting with the five Iranian institutes will face the same risk.
This is while the US has been committed under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to avoid any act contradictory to the terms of the deal. However, they have always been seeking to expand the list of the so-called non-nuclear sanctions.
While campaigning for White House, Trump promised to rip up the deal but he has so far failed to win a global consensus against Iran and the nuclear deal.
Iran Ups Carpet Exports from Central Province by 12 Percent
TEHRAN (FNA)- Export of Persian carpets from the Central province of Isfahan witnessed a 12 percent growth in the first nine months of the current Iranian year (March 22, 2017-December 22, 2017) as compared with last year's corresponding period.
"Over 100 million dollars worth of machine-woven carpets and related products have been exported from Aran and Bidgol township in Central province of Isfahan during the said period, showing a twelve percent rise as compared with last year," Head of the Office of Industries and Mines of Iran in Aran and Bidgol Mojtaba Mahlouji said.
Mahlouji noted over $111 million worth of commodities were exported from this region of which 90 percent consisted machine-woven carpets and products of related industries.
Pointing to the production of over 45 million square meters of machine-made carpets in Aran and Bidgol last year, the official said the region ranks first in term of weaving carpets in Iran.
He said the Aran and Bidgol region could also be considered as a carpet hub in the Middle East.
Iranian National Carpet Center recently announced that the Islamic Republic exported $270 million worth of hand-woven carpets during the eight months of the current calendar year.
The figure was 31 percent higher compared to the same period the previous year.
The Iranian hand-woven carpets were mainly exported to 29 destinations, including 13 Asian, 11 European and four American countries.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran has considerably increased its non-oil exports from Noshahr port in Mazandaran province in the first nine months of the current Iranian year (March 22-December 22) as compared to last year's corresponding period, a trade official announced.
"The volume of non-oil exports from Noshahr port has increased by 68 percent during first months of the current year," Director General of Mazandaran Province Ports and Maritime Organization Mohammad Taqi Anzanpour.
He underlined taking advantage of the potentials and capacities of the port for the promotion of export, and said, "All officials and personnel of Ports and Maritime Organization in Mazandaran Province try their utmost efforts to pave suitable ways for merchants and goods owners with the aim of spurring export in this port."
The main goods exported from Noshahr Port to the Caspian Sea littoral states include livestock and agricultural products, including apple puree and concentrate, food products such as tomato paste and dried nuts as well as minerals and construction materials.
In a relevant development in late December, it was announced that Iran boosted its non-oil exports in the first nine months of the current Iranian year as compared with the previous year's corresponding period.
According to the latest statistics, Iran exported over $31 billion during the said period.
Iran’s main export products during the said period comprised gas condensates ($5.98 billion), liquefied propane ($1.68 billion), methanol ($835 million), light oils and other products, including gasoline ($810 million) and hematite iron ore ($756 million).
The main importers of Iranian products during the period were China ($ 6.527 billion), Iraq ($4.628 billion), the United Arab Emirates ($4.458 billion), South Korea ($3.11 billion) and Afghanistan ($2.4 billion).
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian and Qatari officials signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on export of Iran's drugs to the Persian Gulf country.
Under the agreement, hard-to-cure Qatari patients and also patients suffering from cancer will use Iranian-made drugs and medicines.
For this purpose, the MoU was signed on Friday between Chief Executive of CinnaGen Pharmaceutical Group Haleh Hamedifar and Qatari pharmaceutical officials in order to supply Iranian medicines to Qatari patients suffering from special diseases.
Given the above issue, Iran’s CinnaGen Pharmaceutical Group undertook to supply more than 40 “hi-tech” drugs for Qatari patients from its production sites based in Iran and Turkey.
As the first and sole Iranian company, CinnaGen Pharmaceutical Group is licensed by EU’s GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and is the largest and most reliable knowledge-based company in country’s pharmaceutical industry. The Group accounts for 30% of Iran’s total pharmaceutical export share.
Providing medicines and drugs for special and hard-to-cure patients is a major concern for all governments in the world at the current situation. The use of biochemical products can raise a hope for the treatment of a great number of patients who are in in need of medication across the world.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis underlined that his country has prioritized Iranian construction firms in reconstruction of Syria.
"Incentive packages have been considered for the Iranian companies in development projects of Syria," Khamis said in a meeting with members of a visiting Iranian parliamentary delegation in Damascus on Thursday night.
The Syrian prime minister expressed his special thanks to the unsparing support of the Iranian government and people for Syria in fighting against terrorism and termed the victories in Syria as a great achievement for the resistance movement.
He laid special emphasis on the participation of Iranian companies in economic activities and reconstruction projects of Syria.
In a relevant development in November, Iran and Syria signed a contract in the field of electricity industry worth over one million dollar to restore power plants and produce electricity in Syria.
"Considering the capabilities of Iran in the electricity industry, Tehran and Damascus have signed a 1.2-billion-dollar contract to produce electricity in Syria," Syrian Electricity Minister Mohammad Zuhair Kharboutli said on Monday.
He underlined that the Iranian companies have high technology in the field of electricity, and said, "The civil war has caused the destruction of Syria's infrastructure and more than 50 percent of the country's electricity systems have been destroyed, but Damascus is trying to restore them with the help of Russia and Iran."
In relevant remarks in early September, Caretaker of the Iranian Energy Ministry Sattar Mahmoudi announced that Tehran and Damascus have inked several agreements to reconstruct Syria's power lines and power plants.
"Most of these contracts are related to the reconstruction of electricity equipment, power plants and transmission lines so that we can provide better services to the Syrian clients," Mahmoudi said after a meeting with Syria's electricity minister.
Kharboutli, for his part, underscored the Iranian companies' good capabilities for providing power plant systems and equipment, and expressed the hope that these capabilities would be used for the reconstruction of his country.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone conversation on Wednesday underlined the need for strengthening banking ties and accelerated use of national currencies for economic transactions.
"Bolstering the banking cooperation and facilitating the customs affairs will play an important role in the development and strengthening of relations," President Rouhani said.
He also stressed the need for accelerating cooperation between the two countries' banks, including in currency swaps and using the national currencies for trade.
Erdogan, for his part, underlined Ankara's interest in broadening ties with Iran in all fields, saying, "Bilateral relations will deepen by strengthening the banking cooperation and speeding up use of national currencies in economic relations between the two countries."
Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Valiollah Seif and his Turkish counterpart Murat Cetinkaya in a meeting in Ankara in October approved the draft of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to use their national currencies in their transactions.
Seif and Cetinkaya reached the agreement with the aim to facilitate trade with the national currencies of the two countries in order to finance trade and direct investment between the two countries.
Under the terms of the MoU, rial of Iran and Turkey’s lira will be easily converted to each other and the issue will reduce cost of currency conversion and transfer for traders of both sides alleviating the need for other currencies.
In other words, the two central banks will be able to use international payment instruments, including credits and negotiable ones, to finance trade in national and local currencies, as envisaged in the agreement.
Also during the one-day visit of Seif, an agreement was inked between Iran’s CBI on behalf of the government and the EBA Economic Development and Trade Bank. The signing ceremony was attended by senior banking officials from both countries.
Iran, Iraq Stress Broadening of Mutual Cooperation
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi and Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri in a meeting in Baghdad underlined the need for the expansion of bilateral ties in different fields.
During the meeting in the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, Masjedi and al-Jabouri explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating mutual cooperation in different political and security fields.
The two sides also discussed the latest political developments in the region.
Holding a meeting of Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member states (PUIC) in Tehran was among the issues raised during the meeting.
Al-Jabouri said that reconstruction of the cities liberated from the ISIL terrorist group and repatriation of refugees in the shortest possible time are major problems facing his country.
He also underlined cooperation among regional states in a coordinated fight against terrorist groups.
Masjedi, for his part, voiced Iran’s readiness to help Iraq and cooperate in various sectors.
The meeting of PUIC to be hosted by the Iranian parliament in Tehran and it slated for January 16-17.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Germany has built five solar power plants in Hamedan Province, West of Iran, in a bid to help the country in the field of renewable energies, a provincial director general for economic affairs said.
"German ATUS Company has already made and installed four solar power plants in Hamadan Province and is now making the fifth one," Nasser Mahmoudi said.
He underlined that the foreign financiers have taken charge of investment of the power plants.
ATUS is the second biggest manufacturer and provider of solar power systems in the world.
In a relevant development in November, Iran's Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) and Germany's Raschig signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on new oil-related technologies transfer.
The MoU was signed by RIPI deputy for technologies and international relations Mansour Bazmi and Raschig technical director Michael Schultes in Tehran.
Rasching is one of the most credible companies in the world and many industries are cooperating with it, Bazmi said after signing the MoU.
"The cooperation will be on transfer of technology on equipment used in distillation columns in refineries and petrochemical plants, designing the distillation columns based on the products of the Germany company, training specialists and experts of RIPI in related spheres," he added.
RIPI that has conducted a series of activities on designing distillation columns, will be able to use new approaches of Raschig in its projects, according to the official.
The German official, for his part, expressed the company's eagerness to get more information on RIPI to boost the cooperation in the future.
"Conducting some research, we found Iran a country suitable for boosting cooperation and commercializing our products," he said.