Job Losses in Iran Due to Smuggling

An official with the Industry Ministry in Iran reported that up to $14 Billion worth of goods is smuggled into the country each year. If the illicit activities of the smuggling was legitimate, it would create up to 200,000 jobs in Iran.

During the 2012-2013 Iranian year, custom agents investigated 80,000 smuggling cases.

The smuggled items included fuel smuggling, household appliances and foreign currency.

Source:  “Smuggling destroys 200,000 jobs in Iran annually: official,” Tehran Times,July 9, 2013.