(SHADA: TEHRAN) -- In the inauguration ceremony of the new building of the General Customs Administration of Semnan Province, Mehdi Mirasharafi said: The trade value of Iranian customs has increased to $72 billion during the first 10 months of this year.
From the beginning of Farvardin to the end of Dey this year (Mar. 21, 2019 to Jan. 20, 2020), $36 billion worth of goods were imported into the country, 85% of which is raw materials and machinery for the production line, indicating a boom in production despite sanctions, he stated.
Referring to the increase of the export target countries of Iran, the head of the Customs Administration continued: The trade balance is positive this year despite pressure and sanctions against the country.
He further pointed to the Asian countries in the field of export and said: With ten of the world's largest customs on the continent, there is a need for optimal planning and targeting to benefit the business.
Mirasharafi said that 90% of the world's freight is carried by water borders, adding: Due to Iran's maritime border, transit can be used with appropriate measures.
In order to reduce the time of stoppage of goods in customs, Iran Customs is moving towards providing advanced electronic and smart services as well as the virtualization of the activities of the Customs with the aim of facilitating the exporters' affairs, he noted.
Pointing to the identification of 213 authorized economic operators in support of producers, Mirasharafi emphasized: The products of these economic operators are crossing the green path of customs.
For the first time, the clearance of manufactured and essential goods on the green route reached more than 50%, he added.
During the ceremony, the governor of Semnan said: The destination of goods exported from the province's customs has increased from 35 to 46 countries this year.
More than 100 items of export commodities are exported from Semnan province to other countries, Alireza Ashnagar added.