Middle East Economic Survey

VOL. XLIX

No 27

3-Jul-2006

Irans Proposed Gasoline Imports Freeze In September Appears Unfeasible

The Iranian authorities say that from 23 September mid-way through the current Iranian year the country will stop importing gasoline. But for a variety of reasons analyzed below, the Tehran government is unlikely to achieve its aim.

The issue of Irans soaring gasoline imports has become the latest political football in Tehran, with the Ministry of Petroleum seeking to...