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Iran's car import tariff to remain at 130 percent: daily

Tehran, Sept 5, IRNA -- Car import tariff would stay at 130 percent up to the end of the current Iranian calendar year (20 March, 2005) to prevent importers' bewilderment, reported an English-language daily here Sunday.

"Tehran Times" said that the move has been taken for "more security of the market."

Quoting head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration Masoud Karbasian, the paper added that car importers only paid a 130-percent tariff and other duties including cost of number plate and price difference of imported cars are not considered.

Based on an approval by the government, he added, only those cars would be imported in 2004 that had not been produced "more than a year ago," wrote the paper.

It further quoted Karbasian as saying that in order to import cars manufactured after the afore-said period, there has to be "a new approval by the cabinet."

The official stated that only cars with "specified conditions" could enter the country but he did not made it clear what kind of conditions should the imported cars enjoy.

Karbasian said that despite the current year's budget bill had projected that government should earn 6.4 billion dollars through car imports, the realization of the figure "seems improbable," Tehran Times concluded.

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