Contraband to be destroyed; officially approved

TEHRAN, Aug. 16 (MNA) – Head of Iran’s Anti-Smuggling Task Force has said a decision has been made which approves destroying of smuggled goods.

Mohsen Ghaeminasab told reporters on Tuesday that the decision was legal and justified economically and based on laws of trade; “part of the contraband will be destroyed on Wednesday; it includes luxury cars such as Porsche, Mercedes Benz, and other extravagant goods smuggled to country,” he told the reporters.

In a related story Ghasemi Khorshidi, the Spokesperson of the Task Force, said that the destroying of cars had been officially approved, a decision supported by the Task Force; “the physical act of destroying goods is a task of Organization for Collection and Sale of State-owned Properties of Iran (OCSSPI),” he added.

“No legal restriction would affect the act of destroying contraband. The law was approved by the cabinet meeting in July, and since then, it has been usual in handling the smuggled good as genuine solution.”  

“This is an important link in the chain of prevention of smuggling; the OCSSPI would not be allowed to bring these goods to the market as it would be replication of the act of smugglers and undermine domestic trade and rules of the market,” Khorshidi emphasized.

He added that no product of famous international brands would be allowed to be imported without permission of the company and or their official representative in Iran, and since no company would guarantee smuggled goods, there is no way other than to destroy contraband. “Last year, the OCSSPI destroyed 2,600 tons of cigarettes and 1,200 tons of fruits were destroyed; in the past, there had been some legal paths by which the OCSSPI would sell the contraband through auctions; now it is argued that these goods still remain illegal without official approval, unless a body of different high organizations such as Ministry of Agriculture, Justice, Health, and dozens of others approve the act as legal and inform the cabinet,” he detailed, “this rules out even a dimmest hope that these goods would be brought to the market.”

“Apple, for example, has given the Trade Promotion Organization a list of its exclusive representatives and through them, the giant does imports to Iran legally,” Khorshidi concluded.

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