ICCIMA to set up committee to monitor repatriation of export earnings

Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) plans to set up a special committee to monitor procedures involved in repatriation of export earnings to the country that has become a hot button issue on the foreign trade landscape.

8 July 2020
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Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) plans to set up a special committee to monitor procedures involved in repatriation of export earnings to the country that has become a hot button issue on the foreign trade landscape.

Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture headquarters in central Tehran.

Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture plans to set up a special committee to monitor procedures involved in repatriation of export earnings to the country that has become a hot button issue on the foreign trade landscape. 

The committee will be based in ICCIMA and with provincial branches to facilitate the repatriation by identifying snags in the current methods and propose solutions in cooperation with relevant bodies, ICCIMA President Gholamhossein Shafei said.

Mozaffar Alikhani, the head of the office of provincial chambers, said that the ICCIMA will soon decide about the operational framework. The committee will function in coordination with all relevant trade bodies, including to Industries Ministry, Central Bank of Iran and the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration, he said.

Issues related to, and emanating from, failure to repatriate export revenues has come under the national spotlight for several months after chaos in the forex market was linked to shortage of foreign currency and the unending demand. 

Two weeks ago, the CBI issued an ultimatum to non-oil exporters to expedite repatriation of their earnings, warning that their names will be made public through the media if they fail to comply. 

As per CBI rules exporters should return their foreign currency earnings within four months after the date of export.

While the central bank insists on repatriation of earnings within the set deadline and existing regulations, exporters take issue with the CBI’s stringent measures complaining that it has done little if anything to pave the way for export companies to bring back their earnings. 

Exporters have always complained about rules that oblige them to sell their overseas earning at the secondary foreign exchange market where rates are lower than the open market. 

The secondary market, known locally as Nima, is a platform where export proceeds are sold and companies buy it for their import needs. 

Last week, CBI Governor Abdolnasser Hemmati said export companies had not returned $27.5 billion of their overseas revenue over the past two years.  

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