TEHRAN (Iran News) – A member of board of representatives of Tehran Chamber of Commerce says the amount of carpet exports has been almost zeroed this year.
Seyed Razi Miri said that according to the statistics, the amount of Iran’s carpet exports was around $70m but this amount has declined and almost been zeroed.
On the latest condition of Iran’s hand-woven carpet exports to different countries, he said since the country is under sanctions, Iran cannot export carpet to the U.S. so the exports to the U.S. are zero unless exports are done via the third party countries or changing the documents of the exports.
He said Iranian carpets are taken to a country like Pakistan or Turkey and its document is illegally changed in order to be exported to the U.S. He reiterated that even after Joe Biden took office in the U.S., nothing has changed regarding Iran’s carpet exports to this country.
He added that Iran’s carpet exports to other countries have also declined in recent years due to the changes in the domestic regulations, adding that Iran’s carpet exports according to the statistics were around $70m which have now been almost zeroed.
Meanwhile the head of Industry, Mine, and Trade Organization in Kerman Province said that over 2 million dollars of hand-woven carpets exported from this province to other countries.
Mehdi Hosseinnejadian said that in past one year, over two million dollars of hand-woven carpets exported from this province to other countries.
Carpet weaving is a well-known Iranian art worldwide and is also very popular in different Iranian cities especially Kerman, Isfahan, and Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari provinces.
Rouhollah Latifi, the spokesman for Iran’s Customs Administration, said on Dec 19, 2020 that the value of exports of the country’s hand-woven carpets has been 48.9 million dollars in past eight months of the Iranian year (starting on March 20, 2020).
The figure shows 800,000 dollars decrease that seems logical due to the pandemic and closure of the borders, Rouhollah Latifi told IRNA.