Economy, Domestic Economy

Ban on Southeast Asian Plant Imports

Ban on Southeast Asian Plant ImportsBan on Southeast Asian Plant Imports

The government has banned the import of bulbs, buds and foliage of all types of plants from Southeast Asian countries, including China, Hong Kong, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, amid contamination concerns. The government had earlier banned the import of ornamental plants from China alone, following reports from the Ministry of Agricultural Jihad that such imports could carry pests and diseases amid lax controls on the part of Chinese exporters, IRNA reported on Monday. Under Iran’s customs regulations, plant importers are required to obtain permits from the Plant Protection Organization affiliated to the Agricultural Jihad Ministry.  According to Ali Baghestani, the head of the organization, the government has destroyed 30,000 infected ornamental plants imported from China in the current Iranian year (started March 21).