Disruption of competition between producers due to unaccounted for exemptions in free zones
Unaccounted for exemptions in free zones disrupted competition between producers, while exemptions in free zones were applied to develop investment in these areas, according to available reports. Manufacturing companies have become.
According to the economic correspondent of the Pouya Reporters Club; While the free zones were supposed to become an opportunity for investment growth and increase the country’s exports, they have become a gateway to increase imports by using various customs and tax exemptions. This issue has been mentioned many times by the members of parliament, but with the sending of a bill to increase the number of free zones by the government to the parliament, we see that the process of slightly increasing the number of free zones has taken precedence over their quality.
Various exemptions have been applied in the free zones with the aim of developing investment and, consequently, increasing exports and employment in these zones, while some MPs believe that these exemptions have challenged the competitive trend in domestic production units. .
For example, some famous brands in the production of pipes and fittings, using the benefits of special free economic zones in the country, have used the conditions of these zones and imported products with their logo from China and these products in the name of domestic production to the market. Iran offer. In this regard, not only is it difficult to compete with real producers in the country, but also consumer rights are facing challenges.
According to the available evidence, the production capacity of one of these companies, based on the machines available in the factory, is one tenth of the amount of goods offered in the market per year. An issue of concern is the exclusion of real producers in this field from the field of production competition and unemployment of domestic industrial units, as well as reducing the lifespan of buildings that are being built at high cost and effort of the engineering community and wasting capital. The financial and economic macro of the country in the short term.
It seems that with the annexation of free zones to the Ministry of Economy, with the ruling of the Sixth Development Plan, the hands of supervisory and inspection organizations have become more open in investigating the problems of these zones. Accordingly, in order to prevent further damage to the regulatory body and the Islamic Consultative Assembly on how to grant exemptions to companies in the free zones and its effect on the competitive environment with other companies to enter and examine this challenge operationally.