News ID: 208662
Published: 0338 GMT January 23, 2018

Iranian delegation explore agro trade ties with Pakistan

Iranian delegation explore agro trade ties with Pakistan

A delegation of Iranian entrepreneurs from West Azerbaijan Province led by Behnam Tajodinni, head of the Agriculture Commission of the Orumieh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry and showed keen interest in developing relations with Pakistan in the trade of agriculture products.

Tajodinni pointed out that West Azerbaijan is one of the biggest producers of agricultural commodities in Iran, reported.

He said the province produces six million tons of fruits and vegetables, 1.2 million tons of apple, 380,000 tons of grapes and 280,000 tons of apricots each year and has 326 cold storage facilities with a capacity of one million tons.

He said the province was also the top producer of honey and was a hub of import-export activities in Iran.

The official said the province has great potentials to promote cooperation in the agriculture sector with Pakistan.

He underlined that the businessmen in the agriculture sector of both countries should develop close ties to promote trade in agro products between Iran and Pakistan.

Tajodinni said that about 32 Iranian trucks loaded with agriculture products were held up on the Pakistani border in Baluchistan for the last 10 days and added that Pakistan has not informed them why the trucks were stopped.

He said such measures were discouraging efforts to improve trade between the two countries. He said both countries should revise high tariffs on agriculture products to facilitate an improvement in trade ties.

The official also invited ICCI delegation to visit Orumieh Chamber of Commerce and Industry and explore new avenues of mutual cooperation with Iranian counterparts.

Speaking at the occasion, Sheikh Amir Waheed, president of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that Pakistan and Iran enjoyed good relations, but given the size of the economies of both countries, their trade was far below the actual potential.

He contended that the two countries should encourage frequent exchange of trade delegations and focus on organizing solo exhibitions on a reciprocal basis to explore new areas of collaboration.

He said despite a preferential trade agreement with Pakistan, Iran was maintaining high tariffs on many Pakistani products including textiles, clothing, leather goods, footwear, fruits and vegetables and rice which was a major hurdle to promoting trade with Iran.

He called on Orumieh Chamber of Commerce and Industry to take up this issue with Iranian authorities to revise high tariffs.

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