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Iran Khodro explores new markets

Tehran, June 28, IRNA-Giant Iranian auto manufacturer, Iran Khodro Industrial Group, will deliver 4,000 light and heavy vehicles to Syria by March, making it the second major car exporter to the Arab country, the English-language paper `Iran Daily' said on Tuesday.

A report by the company's Public Relations Office quoted the Export Manager to the Persian Gulf Region Amir Havashem as saying that `Samand' production line will also be set up in suburban Damascus by this fall.

"At least 4,000 Iran's national sedan will be released to the Syrian market in the first year," he said.

He added that total value of Iran Khodro's exports to Syria is expected to reach 40 million dollars by March, showing a ten-time increase compared to the figure for last year.

He said during March-June, Iran Khodro delivered 1,000 vehicles including Peugeot 206, buses and trucks to that country and the company is operating three after-sales centers in Syria and plans to extend its services to Lebanon and Jordan as well.

An advisor to Iran's major car producer has said if all go according to plan, the conglomerate predicts over 200 million dollars worth of car exports in the year to March 2006.

Ali Reza Mirzaei said the company exported over 10 million dollars worth of spare parts last year, adding the figure is expected to double this year.

He pointed to constantly changing laws and regulations, red-tape and non-membership in regional trading blocs as the main factor hindering exports.

Furthermore, he said, high customs tariffs and duties levied on domestic automobile companies have denied them the chance to complete in global markets.

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