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Iran considering moves to curb importation of low-quality goods

Tehran, Jan 4, IRNA -- A senior official of the Iran Standards and Industrial Research Institute (ISIRI) said in Tehran on Monday that ISIRI is considering moves to prevent the importation of of sub-standard goods into the country.

According to the English-language paper 'Iran Daily', Assadollah Sayyah, ISIRI director-general for export and import affairs, said that imported goods will have to be checked at entry points to see whether they comply with national standards or not.

"We are planning to issue import permits at entry points after examining goods in laboratories stationed in customs offices," he said.

He said that ISIRI has 200 laboratories nationwide with 300 private laboratories also cooperating with the institute.

According to the ISIRI official, his office may issue a regulation requiring goods bound for Iran to be checked in their country of origin to prevent the entry of sub-standard goods into the country.

Stressing quality control, he said the country has to produce high quality goods that meet international standards if it is to gain a foothold in global markets.

"World-class production would pave the way for Iran's accession to the World Trade Organization," he said, stressing that there are 7,000 national standard codes in Iran.

Sayyah said the country's automotive industry has to observe 55 international standards approved by ISIRI.

The Iranian production sector, most notably the textile industry, has in recent years repeatedly complained of the flooding of substandard Chinese products into the domestic market.

However, Chinese Ambassador to Tehran Lio G. Tan said last month that opportunists were to blame for tarnishing the image of Chinese goods in the Iranian market.

"When Iranian businessmen purchase inexpensive goods from China, they must sell them in the Iranian markets at logical prices," he said, adding that Iranian purchasers often bear the brunt of Chinese goods sold at higher prices.

Tan called on Iranian merchants not to buy low quality products from China, but did not elaborate on China's notoriety as a producer of cheap, sub-standard goods.

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