0611 GMT February 18, 2019
A depot containing 208,000 packages of diapers worth $2.22 million was discovered in the northern Iranian province of Alborz and the nappies were seized, said the spokesman of Iran’s Governmental Discretionary Punishments Organization (GDPO).
This was the second hoarded load of diapers discovered in Iran in recent weeks, IRNA wrote.
Addressing reporters on Monday, Yaser Rayegani added the owner of this freight had earlier horded 1.2 million packages of diapers valued at $6.66 million which had been found and seized by GDPO forces.
Search by the Iranian government and Police forces for storehouses containing hoarded products, such as diaper and detergents, comes as prices have increased over the past few weeks due to, among other reasons, some importers and wholesale distributors hoarding the products they have purchased using foreign currency bought at the official rate.
In August, Rayegani had said during inspections carried out in Alborz Province in cooperation with the Iranian Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade as well as provincial associations, two storehouses containing over one million packages of diapers, purchased from two well-known international brands, were discovered.
Further investigations, he added, revealed that the owners of the diapers had imported the products in the year to March 2018 when foreign currency rates had not jumped and refrained from supplying them to domestic market.
Foreign currency rates in Iran soared remarkably after US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s pullout from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in May 2018 and that White House would reimpose its nuclear sanctions on Iran.
The deal was signed in July 2015.