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ChemOrbis 2nd PO Event: Iran will add new PE, PP capacities in 2015-2017

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 28/04/2015 (17:24)
From 2011 to 2014, Iran’s polyolefins exports gradually increased, Kambiz Mirkarimi, Commercial and Executive Manager of Jam Polypropylene Company stated during his presentation at the ChemOrbis 2nd Turkey Polyolefins Event in Gaziantep on April 28, 2015. The country exported over 2 million tons of PE in 2014 compared to 1.6 million tons in 2011. The country’s PP exports hit 162,000 tons in 2014 from just 55,000 tons in 2011.

“A regional trade agreement between Turkey and Iran in the framework of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECOTTA) will be fulfilled in the near future. 25% of Iran’s Polyolefin export share belongs to Turkey. The two countries are enjoying shared borders in one the most important transit routes in the world,” highlighted Mr. Mirkarimi.

Iran ranked as the third largest exporter of PP to Turkey with 108,000 tons in 2014 when compared to 29,000 tons in 2012. “There is a high potential to export special grades for nonwoven fibers, household appliances and automotive industries,” Kambiz Mirkarimi said.

Continuous transportation issues at the Iran-Turkey border is an obstacle to increasing the trade volume of commodities between the two commodities as is the high level of bureaucracy in both countries. Other challenges include slow progress in implementing the ECO trade agreement and the lack of any other significant tariff preferences between the two countries (from 2014 customs duties on PE and PP from Iran increased from 3% to 6.5% in Turkey).
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