[In this footage, destructive role of IRGC in Iran’s economy – particularly importing and smuggling – is explained.]
Narrator: All countries – from the U.S. to Burkina Faso – need to import. If so, what is wrong with importing goods and what are its harms for a country? When all the requirements of our country are met through importing and exporting of non-raw materials decreased, domestic economy and production will be destroyed. And that is what’s happening to our country.
In the first 10 months of 2017, $43 billion goods entered Iran. Annually, approximately between 50 to 60 billion dollars of goods enter Iran. Importing goods in the first 5 months of 2017 shows 24% increase compared to the same period in 2016 and 107% increase compared to 2015 – i.e. twice as much.
More interesting and painful is that 25 billion dollars of this amount are smuggled goods into the country, which is far more destructive. For each 1 billion dollars of goods that are imported into the country, 100,000 jobs will be destroyed. As Iran’s non-oil export is not much, we can say that at least 4 million jobs are lost.
Now, who is in charge of the import? Everybody knows that IRGC is the main smuggler; it has 114 docks and isn’t accountable to anybody. Iranian customs office that must stop smuggling paves the path for it. Look at this example. Dehghan, a member of the regime’s parliament: 80% of smuggling is through official channels.
Every day 5 to 6 thousand containers come to Iranian docks; the scanners can only scan 130 to 140 of them. Interestingly, there are only 12 scanners in docks, and Rouhani’s government says to have added 7 of these scanners (imagine what was happening before that). In 2015, according to official statistics, 6.8 million dollars of shoes were imported, but according to World Trade Organization statistics, it was 492 million dollars, i.e. sevenfold more.
Who imported it? “Smuggler brothers” [of IRGC]. These are just examples. But what do they import? Whatever you can think of: earthworms, alligators’ meat, sawdust, lizards, prayer mats, gravestones, fruits, etc. According to customs office statistics, in the first 8 months of the current year, about 328 tons of cigarette lighters were imported into the country – about $1,500,00.
It means that we don’t know how to make cigarette lighters! Now what is interesting is that because regime’s gangs have competition with each other over smuggling, they do odd things. For importing, order registration is required. Now listen to a regime’s MP.
Iranian MP Rahimi: Order registration opens at 2 a.m. and closes at 2:15 a.m. They coordinate with certain people and do order registration.
Narrator: Now pay attention to one example of astronomical revenues of importing.
Iranian MP Rahimi: If not in 2015, only in 2016, 20 people’s benefit was about 65-66 thousand billion tomans.
Narrator: It means 66 thousand billion tomans for 20 people, 3300 thousand billion each. And this is equal to the annual salary of 275,000 workers. And this is just one example. There is a reason why 80% of our workers are under the poverty line, while children of authorities are driving luxury cars in streets. Destruction of industry, agriculture, trade and economic structure is the main consequence of excessive imports. It is time we cut these hands from people’s money.