IRICA launches talks with EU

TEHRAN, Jul. 07 (MNA) – Officials talks kicked off in Brussels between Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) and the European Union (EU).
The official negotiations between IRICA and the EU aim to expand customs relations as well as to develop and facilitate trade between the two sides.
The session was held between Masoud Karbasian, President of Iran Customs Administration, and the Director-General for Taxation and Customs Union Stephen Quest. The two sides exchanged views on details of expanding customs and free trade cooperation.
The meeting also followed previous talks on exchange of an agreement on mutual administrative cooperation in customs matters between Iran and the European Union in view of deployment of a delegation from the European Union to Iran last year. Both sides stated that complete will and determination existed to bolster customs relations and that the atmosphere governing these partnerships was very positive.
The main axes of talks included examination of methods for electronic exchange of information, issue of allowed economic activities, educational and research cooperation, joint cooperation to combat drug trafficking and fight against customs offenses. The parties emphasized the need to pursue legal procedures and obtain necessary permits for signing and exchanging customs agreements as soon as possible.
Massoud Karbassian’s meetings with chief customs officers of the European Union were held in Belgium and the session was attended by directors of various sectors of the Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union.