News ID: 270290
Published: 0527 GMT June 18, 2020

Armenia lifts restrictions on border with Iran: Government

Armenia lifts restrictions on border with Iran: Government

Armenia’s State Revenue Committee (SRC) has announced that restrictions at the country’s main border crossing with Iran has been lifted nearly four months after they were introduced to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

The SRC said in a statement on Wednesday that all operations at Meghri border crossing, located on the southern border with Iran and known on the other side as Norduz, had returned to the normal mode, reported.

It said requirements introduced in late February following the spread of the pandemic had been lifted for good.

Police had been escorting Iranian vehicles inside Armenia while cargoes were checked and reloaded at the border to prevent any spread of the virus.

The SRC said all types of cargo from Iran, including those destined for other countries, will be processed in Meghri.

Armenia still maintains a state of emergency over the spread of the virus although it has eased some of its restrictions to allow economic activity to resume.

The country is the second top destination for Iranian exports in Eurasia. It imported around $430 million worth of Iranian cargoes in the year ending March 19, according to Iranian government figures.

Iran plans to further increase the value and volume of its exports to Armenia and through the country to other members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) more than seven months after Tehran reached an agreement with the bloc to lower trade tariffs between the two sides.

Iranian government figures shows that trade with EAEU, which comprises of Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan, had exceeded $2.1 billion before the pandemic caused a significant decline in exchanges across the borders.

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