Iran: Export ban on 50 products

Measure #3879 | Published 8 Nov 2012 ▲


The Iranian government has banned the export of 50 products, as a measure to support national production, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported on 30 October 2012, quoting the country's Consumer and Producer Protection Organization. The list includes products of different types, ranging from petrochemical products to flour and baby formula.
On 7 November 2012, Iran lifted the ban on certain petrochemical products:

  1. hypochlorites (HS 2828),
  2. benzene (HS 2902),
  3. styrene monomer (HS 2902),
  4. grades of PVC (HS 3904),
  5. crystal melamine (HS 2933),
  6. LAB (HS 3402) and
  7. polyethylene (HS 3901).

Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:

Question Result
Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?
Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?
Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?
Was such evidence identified?
Is such evidence publicly available?
Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?
Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?
Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?
Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?

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Date Discovered:

Implemented: Yes

Date of inception: 31 Oct 2012

GTA Evaluation: Red


“Iran bans export of 50 items”, Islamic Republic News Agency, Oct. 31, 2012 (in English):
Ministry of Industry, Mining and Trade announcement, Oct. 30, 2012 (in Farsi):

Government Response:

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