Iran-EAEU trade to surge to $20b after FTA implementation : Official

The trade between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member states will rise to $20 billion with the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed by the two sides, said an official at the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPOI).
The adviser to the head of the TPOI for international affairs pointed to the FTA between Iran and EAEU, inked on December 25, 2023, and noted that this agreement will be put into operation after being approved by the parliaments of Iran and member states of the union, reported Tasnim news agency.
It is expected that it will take from one year to one and a half years to be officially implemented, Mir Hadi Seyyedi said.
A golden opportunity has been provided for domestic producers and exporters to ready themselves for having an active presence in the Eurasian market, he said, adding that exporters should first identify the market for their productions according to the EAEU standards to be successful in doing trade with these countries.
Seyyedi pointed to the role of the government in promoting trade with the EAEU member states and called on the government officials to strengthen the trade infrastructures in terms of transportation and customs rules, etc. to facilitate the trade relations between Iran and Eurasia.
Turning to the problems facing the money transfer between businesspeople, he added that monetary pacts have been inked in rial and ruble and also a Letter of Credit (L/C) has been launched between Iranian and Russian banks which can help promote the financial transactions.
It is for about six years that intensive talks have been ongoing between Iran and the EAEU member states over the implementation of the FTA, he continued.
Before launching the Free Trade Agreement, the trade exchange value between Iran and EAEU member states within the framework of the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) stood at $2.5 billion, the rate of which is expected to increase to $20 billion with the implementation of FTA, Seyyedi added.
The free trade agreement between the EAEU and Iran was signed during the EAEU Summit in St. Petersburg on December 25, 2023.
In 2018, Iran and the EAEU inked a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA), which came into effect on October 27, 2019. The two sides later began negotiations to upgrade the PTA to an FTA after the success of the former.

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