The car import tariff to Iran will remain at 130 per cent to the end of the current Iranian calendar year (20 March, 2005), according to the The Tehran Times.

The Tehran Times said that the move has been taken for “more security of the market.”

Quoting head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration Masoud Karbasian, the paper added that car importers only paid a 130-per cent tariff and other duties including the cost of number plates and price difference of imported cars are not considered.

Based on an approval by the government, he added, only those cars would be imported in 2004 that had not been produced “more than a year ago,” the paper said.