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We are ready to hand over non-government customs services to the private sector

The Head of Iran Customs Administration pointed to the countrys foreign trade statistics and said: In the first seven months of this year, 100 million tons of goods worth $50 billion were exported.

(SHADA: TEHRAN) -- Mehdi Mirashrafi also pointed to the increase in the clearance of basic commodities in the first seven months of this year, adding: The clearance of 25 types of basic commodities during this period increased 2 percent over the same period last year.

During this period, the average dollar value of basic commodities cleared from customs was $1 billion per month, he noted.

At the thirty-fourth session of the Government and Private Sector Dialogue Council, the Head of Customs Administration pointed out the importance of coordinated actions and services of organizations and said: The implementation of border management to reduce costs should be further emphasized.

Issues related to integrated border management are the Customs Administration's duty that must be regulated with proper implementation.

As to Bashmagh Border Terminal, he said: We partially equipped the customs before this year and now we are ready to hand over the duties to the private sector.

Mirashrafi also stressed the need for Iraq to recognize Siranband-Baneh crossing and said: Iraq is a thriving market, one of the most affluent neighboring countries in terms of trade and we can use these capacities because we have a lot in common.

He further pointed to the commercial capacities in Syria and stated: From the beginning, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been with the Syrian people and its government at the request of the Syrian government and now that Syria It is being rebuilt, Iran will continue to be with the Syrian government and nation.