Iranian authorities have taken a noteworthy step in streamlining cryptocurrency payments for companies engaged in importing goods into the country, as they have successfully established a dedicated platform for this purpose. This platform plays a crucial role in facilitating cross-border settlements by allowing local businesses to seamlessly transfer cryptocurrency.
The Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) of Iran has thrown its weight behind the use of cryptocurrencies for imports, according to reports from local media. This development signifies that Iranian companies are now permitted to employ digital currencies as a means of payment for imported goods.
Headed by Alireza Peymanpak, the TPO has revealed that the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has already given the green light to the use of cryptocurrencies for settling import-related transactions. However, the ultimate decision is still pending approval from the Economy Ministry, which is the final authority in this matter.
Peymanpak’s announcement comes in the wake of Iran’s first official import order settled through cryptocurrency in August 2022, which amounted to an impressive $10 million worth of goods. Moreover, he has previously expressed his belief that cryptocurrencies and smart contracts will become increasingly prevalent in foreign trade with target countries by September.
To cater to the needs of local companies looking to pay their foreign suppliers using digital coins, a specialized platform has been devised. This platform serves as a vital link between local businesses and their international counterparts, facilitating seamless transactions. According to Peymanpak, businesses can utilize this platform to transfer cryptocurrency and settle their import bills. The platform itself acts as a connector between Iran’s Comprehensive Trade System and the Currency Allocation Platform operated by the CBI.
While it’s important to note that certain limitations may exist in crypto trading with countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, digital currencies hold the potential to assist Iran in its exports to destinations that accept them, such as China, India, and Russia.
It is worth highlighting that, like Iran, Russia has also faced Western sanctions, prompting policymakers in Moscow to explore the possibility of limited cryptocurrency legalization for international settlements as a means to bypass the constraints imposed on traditional financial transactions.