TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iran Not Seeking Imports of Goods in Exchange of Frozen Money in Turkey. Head of Iran-Turkey Joint Chamber of Commerce Mehrdad Saadat Dehghan says Iran is not seeking imports of goods from Turkey in exchange for its frozen money.
Mr. Saadat said in the first quarter of the year exports have grown in all fields and this growth has also happened in trade with Turkey and recent change of forex policy of the Central Bank of Iran has been very effective regarding this growth.
On the reason behind the trade exchange growth between Iran and Turkey in the first quarter, he said that as he had said in the past if some certain issues and differences between the two countries were resolved and observed, the trade volume between Iran and Turkey would increase and this is happening. He went on to say that the Vienna talks on removing sanctions has also been effective in this growth and Turkish business activists are waiting for the outcome of the talks.
Saadat noted that the trade between the two countries is gradually returning to its main position and expressed hope that soon it would be materialized and both sides can see the impacts of the Vienna talks in the trade between Iran and Turkey.
He also stated that the efforts of the joint chamber and the talks which have been held via the chamber as well as the joint economic commission of Iran and Turkey which was held last month have had its own impacts on this growth.
Saadat also said recent forex policy changes by the CBI have also had its own effects on this soar in trade and all of these factors showing the trade between Iran and Turkey is growing and it is hoped it can bounce back to the pre-sanctions era.
He went on to say that recent statistics issued by the Iran Customs Administration show that Iran’s exports have grown in the first quarter in all sectors and it has also happened in the trade with Turkey.
He stated due to the forex commitment policy, the trade had faced problems in the past but after amending these policies, now the trade has been accelerated and exporters can have at least a one-year roadmap for their trade activities.
Saadat reiterated that the only way for the survival of the country is to promote exports and the country has no way but to promote exports and to take advantage of its capacities. He expressed hope by removal of the sanctions, the exports and trade would be enhanced because the country has good customers for its goods and sanctions have made difficult trade with them.
In response to a question on Iran’s monetary resources in Turkey for imports of the goods by using these resources, he said that if the sanctions are removed all these resources would return to the country and there is no need to use those resources for imports of goods in exchange for those resources.
Saadat reiterated that Iran is mainly after unblocking its assets in Turkey and return it to the Central Bank in order that the country uses the money wherever it is required. He noted that the chamber does not want to finance imports through the country’s frozen money in Turkish banks.