TEHRAN: Iran has lifted tariffs on some agricultural exports to Eurasian countries, Press TV reported on Monday. The move by the Iranian government is expected to encourage exports to countries such as Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The products for which no customs tariffs would be charged include pistachios, cabbages, dates, and raisins, Abdollah Mohajer, the head of Mazandaran Province Chamber of Commerce, said. Therefore, final price for those products would be lowered by 15 percent to 20 percent, Mohajer was quoted as saying. He said the exports to the Eurasian countries face some problems the most important of which includes lack of shipping companies.
Mohajer said Iran’s Caspian Sea littoral province of Mazandaran has numerous potentials for exports of non-oil goods particularly agricultural products. Mazandaran produces around 6 million tonnes of agricultural products in a year, he said, adding that exports from Mazandaran over the past Iranian year stood at above 520 million U.S. dollars and the target markets mainly included Russia and Iraq. The province is responsible for the production of 40 percent of Iran’s rice, 50 percent of citrus fruits as well as 10 percent of poultry meat.