World Economy: Examining how to issue and accept a certificate of origin related to the Eurasian Preferential Trade Agreement (CT3) was the focus of a meeting of Iranian Chamber of Commerce and Customs representatives, on the one hand, Russian customs officials on the other. During a meeting with Russian customs officials, representatives of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce and Industry discussed the problems and suggestions on how to issue and accept a certificate of origin related to the Eurasian Preferential Trade Agreement (CT3).
Based on this meeting, strategies to accelerate as well as reform the process of issuing and accepting the mentioned documents were on the agenda of both parties. The meeting was attended by Hossein Kakhki, Director General of the Bureau of Statistics and Information Technology and Customs Communications, Mohammad Reza Karbasi, Deputy Minister of International Affairs of the Iran Chamber, and Sherbakov Valery, Head of the Russian Customs Cooperation Department. According to the agreements reached, the electronification of all stages of issuance, acceptance, and subsequent inquiries of certificates of origin will be on the agenda of the next meeting of the Eurasian Union members.
Then, considering the identification of the most important obstacles to the issuance and acceptance of relevant certificates, it was decided to resolve these problems immediately with the cooperation of the two countries customs.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Reza Karbasi, Vice President for International Affairs of the Iran Chamber, while presenting the latest status of issuance of certificates of origin, expressed hope that by removing obstacles and problems of issuance and especially the acceptance of these documents in relation to Eurasian member countries in the short term we can strengthen relations. According to him, the volume of relations has expanded since the conclusion of the preferential trade agreement between Iran and Eurasia.
The number of certificates issued since then shows the number of 78,000 certificates of origin (CT3) to Eurasian countries, of which more than 70% of certificates were exported to Russia. Karbasi emphasized: Although the process of accepting the certificates of Eurasian countries in Iran is done without much difficulty; However, Iran’s exports to these countries, especially Russia, and taking advantage of the tariff preferences under the trade agreement signed with this union, are facing problems and strictures, and we hope to see the solution of these problems in the short term with the follow-up.
Due to the sensitivity of the Eurasian member states, the Vice President for International Affairs of the Iran Chamber announced the development of a comprehensive instruction by the Iran Chamber with the aim of specifying the rules related to completing the CT3 form and said: This instruction was sent to exporters and chambers across the country.
However, due to the application of some legal strictures in this process by the other side, it is necessary to study and apply the rules more carefully. He continued: “The Iran Chamber is ready to carry out the entire process of issuing, accepting, and inquiring documents electronically and online, according to the existing systems that process online inquiries to confirm certificates of origin.”