Iran, Turkey Sign Customs Agreement

Published November 25th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iran and Turkey signed Thursday a new agreement to broaden their customs and road transport cooperation, reported Iran news Agency (IRNA).  

The agreement was signed by Mehdi Karbasian, head of Iran's Customs administration and his Turkish counterpart Nevzat Saygilioglu.  

According to the agreement, the two countries will resume their border trade, increase facilitation, relax the customs red tape and fight smuggling of goods via borders, said the agency.  

Since June, over 400,000 tons of goods have been exported to  

Turkey via Iranian ports and the Central Asian region and around  

220,000 tons of Turkish goods have been conveyed via Iran to the Central Asian region.  

In August, Turkish Energy Minister Cumhur Ersuemer said the Iranian gas pipelines will start delivering gas to Turkey by July 30 next year, added the agency.  

The Iran-Turkey gas agreement, considered for 22 years, was signed in 1996 during the tenure of former Turkish premier Necmetin Erbecan.  

Iran met its commitments on schedule, but Turkey failed to implement the project on its side of the border within the specified time for financial reasons.  

Turkish authorities announced last winter that they would start to import gas from Iran as of July 30, 2001, said the agency.  

Under the 22-year agreement, Iran is to initially offer three billion cubic meters of gas annually to Turkey, and subsequently increase it to ten billion cubic meters annually, IRNA added – Albawaba.com 

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