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Iran ready for barter trade with Pakistan, says council general
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KARACHI: Iranian Consul General, Reza Nazeri, has stressed the need for strengthening trade ties between two neighboring countries, saying Iran is ready for barter trade with Pakistan, including the export of petrochemicals, steel and LPG to Pakistan in exchange for rice, meat and other agriculture products from Pakistan.

During an address made at the second meeting of the FPCCI Pak-Iran Business Council held here at its regional office, the Iranian Consul General said that Iranian Consulate of Lahore is ready to facilitate Pakistan’s private sector to promote bilateral trade and investment.

Zahid Iqbal Ch. Vice President FPCCI, Dr. Mohammad Reza Karbasi, Director General of ICCIA & ICCIMA, Ali Asghar, Commercial Counselor, Najam-ul- Hassan, Chairman FPCCI Pak-Iran Business Council and Syed Ali Raza Rizvi, Senior Vice Chairman FPCCI Pak-Iran Business also spoke on the occasion.

“We are trying the restore air link between Tehran and Lahore as early as possible which was suspended due to Covid-19, also affecting tourism sector of Iran,” he lamented. “The volume of two-way trade between Pakistan and Iran is negligible, as the mutual trade of two countries does not match their respective potentials.”
Nazeri observed that Pakistan and Iran have the potential to cater to each other’s needs provided businessmen in both countries have the exposure to avail opportunities. The business community in the two countries would have to increase interaction to share their experiences in the larger interests of the people of two brotherly nations, he added. “Chambers of commerce in our two countries will have to focus on expansion of trade by holding single-country exhibitions and through trade delegations to each other’s country. Dissemination of sector-specific and trade-related information would go a long way in achieving this goal.”

The Iranian Consul General said that agriculture, tourism and metal industry of Iran have opportunities of investment and Pakistani business community should come forward. Earlier, addressing the meeting FPCCI President Mian Anjum Nisar welcomed the FPCCI’s Pak-Iran Business Council’s second meeting. He said that both brotherly Islamic countries have been enjoying amicable business relations.

“I admit that the advantages like common religion and traditional values, geographical connectivity and interdependence of work of our economics have not been materialized in true perspective,” he added.

He said that the analysis of bilateral trade shows that the trade between the two countries is growing at a very slow pace, as current volume of bilateral trade is just 359 million dollars out of which Pakistan exports to Iran accounts for 36 million dollar against the imports of 323 million dollars.
Mian Anjum Nisar said that some of the hurdles that are the reasons for low volume of trade and impeding the growth of trade between the two countries include ignorance about each other’s’ potential and non-utilization of the territorial connectivity.

“In addition to these the tariff and non-tariff barriers are major obstacles in the way of trade enhancement between both neighboring countries,” he said. “All the four traditional transportation modes are available for bilateral trade between and Pakistan and Iran including air, sea, road and rail, but unfortunately none of these modes of transportation are efficiently and economically are being utilized at present.”

The businessmen have been emphasizing that the transportation facilities must be improved for the enhancement in economic relations. The transportation through land routes and railways need to be improved properly to facilitate the exporters of both sides, he added.
He urged both countries to issue transport licenses by equal number of vehicles to freely work across the border, as through this step the exporters of both the countries would be able to get direct access to the consumers.

The other step is to provide proper and complete information about the products of both the countries which can be done by organizing single country exhibitions, he suggested.

This is because various decisions regarding the expansion of trade and economic relations between Pakistan and Iran has been taken up previously, he said and added that unfortunately, due to the unstable and unpredictable international and regional political processes, these have remain slow.

FPCCI President said that Iran and Pakistan are member of emerging SCO and ECO blocks. Geographical location of both countries affects their neighboring countries. It’s required that both countries should seek various avenues of cooperation for penetration of their products in these markets.

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I giess there already is barter trade going on. We have people like zulfi bukhari so Iranians are going to be happy. There is a influx of iranian goods in market already. I see alot of iranian chocolates, they are cheaper and first i thought they would be same low quality like the local cheap ones but i was surprised. Their quality is as good as cadbury and other big brands and the price is half.
 

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I giess there already is barter trade going on. We have people like zulfi bukhari so Iranians are going to be happy. There is a influx of iranian goods in market already. I see alot of iranian chocolates, they are cheaper and first i thought they would be same low quality like the local cheap ones but i was surprised. Their quality is as good as cadbury and other big brands and the price is half.
'Spark' chocolate is my favorite. Not as good as Bounty but very much comparable to Aldi, Lidl alternate for Bounty. :)
We already save a lot of forex from petrol smuggling from Iran that's why it was never fully stopped. A comprehensive barter trade will be very positive for our economy. Given 25% of our imports is oil and related products.
 

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let's trade terrorists for terrorists first. handout all Indian proxies operating on Iranian soil. in return get anti Irani non state actors from Pakistan.
 

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I giess there already is barter trade going on. We have people like zulfi bukhari so Iranians are going to be happy. There is a influx of iranian goods in market already. I see alot of iranian chocolates, they are cheaper and first i thought they would be same low quality like the local cheap ones but i was surprised. Their quality is as good as cadbury and other big brands and the price is half.
Westerners coming to Pakistan are finding many edibles ,electronics and day to day stuff more expensive than what they pay for it back home.
 

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I giess there already is barter trade going on. We have people like zulfi bukhari so Iranians are going to be happy. There is a influx of iranian goods in market already. I see alot of iranian chocolates, they are cheaper and first i thought they would be same low quality like the local cheap ones but i was surprised. Their quality is as good as cadbury and other big brands and the price is half.
What we want from them is cheap gas and oil.
 

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We need a standardised rail/road link between the TRIPC countries-Turkey, Russia, Iran, Pakistan and China for a full trans-regional economic corridor and any one who wants to join should be welcome.
 
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