German companies awarded 1 billion 50 million euro metro projects in Tehran and Tabriz

In one of the countries where the US-led embargo of Iran's most affect Turkey. While Turkish companies are reluctant to do business in Iran due to the embargo, German companies undertook the giant infrastructure projects in Iran. Özcan Alaş, President of Iran and Middle East Trade Development Association, which was founded three years ago, expresses its establishment goals as “piercing the embargo”.

Turkey is among the countries most affected by the embargo on Iran. While Turkish companies were reluctant to do business in Iran due to the embargo, it was learned that German companies undertook giant infrastructure projects in Iran. German companies took the metro projects of 1 billion 50 million euro in Tehran and Tabriz.

Özcan Alaş, President of Iran and Middle East Trade Development Association, said: “While Germans, French, British, undertake huge projects in Iran, ours are content with selling underwear. There is a high speed train project in Iran. We went to our 10 big companies. They did not want to take the job out of fear. Is this embargo only applied to us? We established this association to pierce the embargo. ”

America is the leader of the embargo application. 146 product is embargoed. 80 million people in Iran, a foreign trade exceeds 16 billion dollars with Turkey. According to data from Turkey's exports to Iran 2011 years 3.6 billion dollars, while imports from Iran 12.4 billion dollars. Petroleum and natural gas are among the tops of the said import item. In exports to Iran from Turkey include textiles and food products.


We talked with the Iranian and Middle Eastern Trade Development Association President Özcan Alaş, one of the best known people in the country. Özcan Alaş says that 15 has been in close relationship with Iran since years. He says that he has a good relationship with Iranian authorities based on trust.

Ozcan Alas, most of the opinion that hit Turkey's embargo on Iran. According to Alaş, who said “Turkish companies are afraid to get a job in Iran,” a similar situation is not even the case for German, French and British companies.

"Iran wants to take everything from us," Alaş said:

“Iran is our close neighbor. However, the embargo decision is only valid for us. Iran has had three major infrastructure projects. The Germans undertook the 450 million Tehran metro project from these projects. The Germans also took the 600 million Euro Tabriz metro project. Now there is a high-speed train project that will extend to the Caspian Lake. We met with the 10 biggest Turkish companies in their field. We went to all of them one by one. We suggested that they enter this project. But none of them wanted to get into this job with fear. They said 'America beats us'.

The embargo seems to be the only one of us. Founded in Iran, 27 is a big German company. A similar situation applies to British, French companies. They undertake enormous projects. We're going to sell frost-undershirt to us. We're afraid it can't be that either Kork


The second biggest badge experienced by Turkish companies exporting to Iran is about payments. Turkish company is trying to send its goods to Iran via Dubai, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Armenia. A new method has been developed for the payment of goods sent directly to Iran. Accordingly, Iran sent goods firm, is opening a branch in Turkey. Payment issues Trying to solve in Turkey.

The figures confirm this. Last year, the country companies established in Turkey, Iran with firm 590. Payments made on the Grand Bazaar are also applied as another method.

Özcan Alas also said that Halkbank and Bank Melat worked on the money transfers but that the two channels were closed in the last period.


Turkey argues that the measures taken in many of the measures against Iran Alash "Iran Mersin millions of pounds of goods in the Customs Office is pending. The reason is the embargo… Iran rightly asks 'how is this a neighborhood'? But Turkey becoming lost. Iran commissioned Batumi Port against this situation. Again, he started to give incentives up to 80 percent in his country in textile. We have lost Russia before, now we are losing Iran. Just as Laleli is finished, now Merter ends. ”

Özcan Alas, in the process of a number of tragic-comic experiences, he said. Alas “I talked to someone from Iran last few days ago. They came from Turkey 80 thousand dollars to buy the product. The product they bought is the sewing machine. 80 6 people come together so that one thousand dollars cannot be on one person. And each one came with a thousand dollars on 10-15. The situation we came with Iran is unfortunately at this point İran


The Iran and Middle East Trade Development Association, led by Özcan Alaş, was founded about 3 years ago. It is in central Istanbul, but preparing to open new branches. Asking why they founded the association, which has about 200 members, Alaş says, "To pierce the embargo applied to Iran," he adds. We is not true of the embargo imposed on Iran, we see that Turkey loser, "he says.

Source: Hürriyet


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