Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Iran’s Regime Organized Smuggling Network

While the Iranian regime kills deprived porters under the pretext of smuggling, the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and other regime institutions control the entire organized network of smuggling.

According to the regime’s parliamentary investigation board’s 2020 report, more than a third of imported goods are smuggled into the country by institutions affiliated with the regime.

“In its investigations, the Investigation Board obtained 31 methods of smuggling, which, despite officials’ statements, including the officials of the Customs Organization, more than 95% of these cases are carried out in the form of official procedures from official sources,” wrote the State-run IRNA News Agency on May 16, 2020.

“According to the report, “about 95% of smuggled goods enter the domestic market. The volume of smuggling can make more than 35% of imports,” the report adds.

On April 29, 2021, the regime’s Judiciary Chief, Ebrahim Raisi, also acknowledged the systematic and official smuggling and said, “Commodity smugglers are more organized today than ever before.”

The regime’s parliamentary investigation board’s 2020 report underlines the weak reaction of 12 institutions in dealing with the organized smuggling. These institutions include Chamber of Commerce, Customs Organization, Ministry of Economy, Secretariat of Free and Special Economic Zones, Chamber of Trade Unions, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Organization for the Collection and Sale of Proprietary Property, Chamber of Cooperation, Ministry of Interior, Radio and Television Organization, State Security Force and Ministry of Health.

The question is why these institutions act “weak” in combatting smuggling? How powerful are the smugglers that these 12 governmental institutions are unable to confront them?

The reality is that the IRGC dominates Iran’s smuggling network due to its domination of the entire economy. The IRGC controls 114 ports and 25 airports and uses them for smuggling goods to Iran or other illicit activities.

According to a report published by the Iranian Resistance in 2017, “State-linked institutions, including the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), have taken control over Iran’s ports, and are meddling in customs affairs, literally transforming these economic centers to transits used to smuggled goods. The IRGC, by taking control over the country’s most important economic routes and establishing a major financial empire, has taken full control over large portions of Iran’s imports/export.”

Read the complete article at: NCRI

Also Read: Iran Regime’s Systematic Corruption and Iran’s Economic Crisis

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