All documents needed for each shipment of goods into Iran are recorded. The importer should take care of all documents required for clearance by ministries, customs administration, port and container terminal authorities, health and technical control agencies and banks. The payment is usually through a letter of credit, so the documents required by banks for the issuance or securing of an LC are also taken into account. Such documents as annual tax clearance certificate are not included, since they are renewed annually and do not require renewal per shipment. The phases an importer has to go through before sending goods to Iran are as follows:

  1. Import declaration
  2. Commercial ID card
  3. Warehouse receipt
  4. Bill of lading
  5. Certificate of origin
  6. Invoice
  7. Foreign exchange statement (confirmed by the bank)
  8. Pro-forma Invoice
  9. Order of registration in the Ministry of Trade
  10. Packing list
  11. Insurance policy
  12. Operation license (if need be)
  13. Catalogue and brochure (if need be)
  14. Legal permissions for clearance, including the certificates of health, standards, atomic energy, quarantine (if need be)
  15. Power of attorney and customs brokers card (if need be)
  16. Clearance form

Steps to take before you import goods and service into Iran

  • Shipment at customs

The shipment has already been sent to the customs and the warehouse receipt has been issued and endorsed by the customs officers.

  • Import declaration
  • Filling in the import declaration (handwriting)
  • Typing the declaration
  • Attaching required documents to the declaration and getting it sealed
  • Article 7 and commitments

A document confirming that the owner of the shipment is not in debt

  • Authentication
  • All documents must be verified
  • A unique code will be allocated to the dossier
  • Evaluation
  • An evaluator must be determined
  • The evaluation process must be conducted. This phase includes the observation of goods, endorsement of declaration, reviewing of all documents and tariffs, controlling of calculations, complying of documents with the customs regulations and trade rules, reporting of discrepancies, sealing of the shipment, and the signing of the declaration.
  • Re-estimation of the value of the products
  • An evaluation code is issued by an evaluation expert
  • Payment is made
  • Receipt and permit are received from the cash office
  • The permit should be reconfirmed by an evaluation expert
  • End of clearance operation
  • The importer can bring the imported products out of the customs house after an officer at the exit confirms that all documents are valid
  • The products can be loaded on trucks
  • The exit of the products will be registered in books and the importer should sign the books