News ID: 281040
Published: 0348 GMT February 23, 2021

Iran-EAEU 10-month trade hits $1.8b

Iran-EAEU 10-month trade hits $1.8b

The value of trade between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)’s member states stood at $1.8 billion during the 10 months to January 19, 2021, according to a report released by the Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA).

The report said that the mentioned amount constitutes three percent of Iran’s non-oil trade during the 10-month period, IRNA reported.

In June 2019, the Iranian Parliament ratified an agreement that allows the administration to join a free trade zone with the EAEU countries, according to the TCCIMA report.

The agreement, signed in Kazakhstan in May 2018, sets the main rules of trade between the EAEU countries, Iran and those of the World Trade Organization (WTO), of which Iran is not a member.

The free trade zone is planned to be in effect for four years, under which the EAEU will grant Iran tariff concessions on more than 500 items.

The Eurasian Economic Union includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. Iran and EAEU members started to develop the agreement on free trade in 2015.

Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said in November 2020 that closer cooperation with the EAEU, stronger economic interaction and increased trade could prevent insecurity in the region.

In a video message to the “international conference of the EAEU and the geopolitical role of free trade zones in regional development,” Ardakanian said if the Eurasian Economic Union broadens its function, it would be able to shield its members and trade partners from the adverse effects of globalization and help them in international competitions.

The EAEU can provide a new framework for regional cooperation in Eurasia, he added.

Ardakanian also highlighted Iran’s special place in the region and its perfect transportation and transit capacities, saying the Islamic Republic can play a significant role in strengthening cooperation within the EAEU.

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