Iran is ready to increase trade exchanges with Turkey, the head of Iran Customs Administration said.

Referring to carrying out the pilot plan of electronic exchanging customs information, following up the possibility of electronic inquiry of the certificate of origin from the relevant Turkish authorities doing joint projects and increasing trucks’ transit.

Speaking with Turkey’s Deputy Minister of Customs and Trade Riza Tuna Turagay via a joint video conference, Mahdi Mir Ashrafi expressed readiness for holding border meeting in Bazargan-Gorbolagh border and implementing the pilot plan of the technical final project for exchanging customs information.

He added that Iranian customs also suggested following up the likelihood of electronic inquiry of the certificate of origin from the relevant Turkish authorities. Mir Ashrafi noted that Iran Customs Administration is prepared to sign MoU on implementing the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) and green corridor.

He went on to mention that increasing the capacity of accepting trucks in Gorbolagh customs and also increasing the capacity in Esendere. Mir Ashrafi said the Turkish side has started accepting 120 people per day within the Esendere border since August 14.

He added that 110 trucks move toward Turkey per day and 50 trucks move toward Iran. Elaborating on Iranian drivers’ dissatisfaction over services provided and health conditions in Gorbolagh border, he said the issue is being addressed by the Turkish deputy economy minister.

He went on to mention that the Turkish side suggested lifting the ban on the import of 68 items which are subject to Iran’s preferential tariff for Turkey.

They also requested for finalizing phase 3 of the e-TIR project and facilitating its implementation.

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