Mafia-Like Importers Harming Oil Industry

Mafia-Like Importers Harming Oil IndustryMafia-Like Importers Harming Oil Industry

The head of Iranian oil equipment manufacturers' association board of directors, Sirous Talari says the majority of oil equipment is imported by the mafia, that is the people who take advantage of sanctions and make a substantial profit by circumventing the law.

Pointing to the president's recent speech concerning "sanctions dealers", Talari added," the oil equipment importer mafia has created an international network." President Hassan Rouhani has said the sanctions regime would crack in the upcoming months. He said that it is time for those who live off the sanctions , to look for another job. Rouhani’s remark refers to people and entities that make huge profit via bypassing the sanctions, ILNA reported.

After eight days of marathon talks on Tehran's nuclear program in Lausanne, Switzerland, Iran and the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Russia, the US plus Germany) reached a framework agreement on April 2 that calls for lifting all trade sanctions against Iran. The details of the agreement are to be finalized by a June 30 deadline.

Referring to 10 items which are to be produced domestically, Talari reiterated that no agreement has been concluded with domestic manufactures yet. He assumes that the oil ministry is determined to finalize the contracts, but conditions are not developed enough; moreover, state managers do not take risks and insist on acting in conformity with the law.

"Due to unnecessary bureaucracy as well as stringent laws, I am not optimistic about the future of domestically produced equipment," Talari noted.

The official also said that importing oil and gas equipment is inevitable and nobody can claim all equipment can and should be manufactured in Iran, nonetheless, the sad news is that even significant volumes of consumer goods are imported whose quality is lower than domestically made items.

Highlighting the effect of sanctions termination on domestic production, Talari said," the forward-looking producers who have plans can progress after the removal of the sanctions; nonetheless, the so-called manufacturers who have connections with the mafia will incur heavy losses."