(SHADA: TEHRAN) -- Unfortunately, sometimes not only the services and efforts of our colleagues in the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administrationare not seen, but also the weaknesses that are sometimes outside the scope of customs activities are registered in their name, which is a double oppression, Farhad Dejpasand stated.
Stating that the Customs Administration has a key role in development, the Minister of Economy, assessed the country's customs as a facilitator and frontier of the economy, which has improved the position of the country's economy in the international arena.
Dejpasand further pointed to the 85% share of raw materials and intermediate goods in the country's imports and the ban on the import of Group 4 goods in recent years, and said: Facilitating targeted imports through the customs activities and regulations will greatly help the country's production leap.
Recalling the media reports that some products were not finalized due to the lack of one of their parts, the Minister of Economy said: Of course, this does not concern the Customs Administration much, and it causes many other issues, including some currency restrictions.
If the type of activity of the Customs Administration is such that the importer and the consumer are sure that they will not waste time from the time of ordering and arrival of the desired goods, they will continue their activity with more encouragement and determination, he stressed.
The use of new technologies in the customs, such as what we see today in the unveiling of smart customs projects, reduces the need for a human agent to assess customs shipments, and eliminates the possibility of misconduct and corruption by eliminating face-to-face communication, Dejpasand said.
In such a situation where face-to-face communication is eliminated and a certain deadline for customs operations is set and everything is done automatically, there is the least need to use manpower, he added.
When humans work as operators, there is a possibility of error, but as we have seen today, UAVs automatically inspect imported cargo, minimizing the possibility of violations, including smuggling. This matter has always been one of the goals and achievements of smart customs projects, he continued.
Fortunately, with the help of the firm will of employees and managers and the use of new technologies, this year, the amount of smuggling detected by the Customs Administration has faced a significant leap, Dejpasand noted.
Referring to the reduction of the clearance period from one month to three days in the country's customs and emphasizing that an economic activist should not wait in line for clearance, he said: This three-day time should also be reduced.
Stressing the positive role of using new technologies such as GPS in customs operations, Dejpasand continued: If we strengthen the interaction and cooperation of the Customs Administration with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in order to implement customs technological projects, we will witness another great leap in the performance of this administration.
In addition to improving relations in the country's customs, special attention should be paid to staff empowerment, he said, adding: Fortunately, today in the country's customs, in terms of empowerment, we are reaching a stage where our personnel do not have problems due to financial concerns.
Our purpose in emphasizing the reduction of human involvement in the process of evaluation and clearance of goods is not to reduce the workforce and eliminate employment opportunities. Relying on technology puts less pressure on customs officials in remote areas of the country, the Minister noted.
Referring to the agreements reached with the private sector to supply 15 X-ray machines, Dejpasand said: With this contract, within a year, the total number of available devices will be increased.
The Minister of Economy reminded that, unfortunately, due to the oppressive sanctions, the government's financial capacity to finance customs smartening projects has been damaged, and said: Something else has happened here and in addition to upgrading customs operations technology, In terms of financing, the initiative has been taken and the project has been completely handed over to the private sector and mainly to knowledge-based companies.
By observing these issues, we hope for the future of the country's customs, because the Customs Administration is playing its role well in bordering the country's economy, he added.
I feel that we are getting to the point where we can be proud of ourselves that we are doing things and projects in the country's customs that have made us superior in the region and have made us a model in this regard, Dejpasand said
In this way, we can hope that according to the order and expectation of the Supreme Leader, we will reach a place where in 1404 we will have the first place in science and technology in the region, he added.
Considering the anniversary of the birth of Hazrat Fatemeh Zahra (PBUH) and referring to the concept of ‘Kowsari economy’, the Minister of Economy called this concept with a very deep meaning and said: In the form of such an economy, a kind of continuous leap, synergy and growth will lead to job creation in the country.