Customs clearance in Iran refers to the preparation and submission of documents and certificates, including necessary permits for clearance. These permits include customs clearance permits such as standardization permits, health permits, permits from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, permits from the Atomic Energy Organization, permits from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, anti-drug permits, border quarantine permits, plant quarantine permits, and, of course, permits from the Ministry of Roads, which apply to all goods transported internationally by non-Iranian fleets. Customs clearance also includes transporting and delivering goods to their final destination inside the country’s borders. Many customs brokers and customs clearance companies have specialized expertise in sectors such as metal industries, chemicals, machinery, and raw materials. Customs brokers are typically located and stationed at customs ports, airports, or free trade zones. Up to this point, we have become familiar with the concept of customs clearance. In the continuation of this article, we will explore other concepts such as subcontracting rights (labor subcontracting), foreign trade, domestic trade, placing orders for goods, and so on.

The Nilgon group of companies began its activities in the framework of optimizing and facilitating the process of exporting and importing goods in the year 1388 (2009/2010). Nilgoon Abi Iranian Customs Clearance Company was founded and alongside its other companies, it has contributed to productivity in the field. Our company, Nilgon Abi Iranian Customs Clearance Company, was established to provide significant domestic and international trade services to our clients. Our experienced experts in customs clearance assess the needs of our customers and tailor services accordingly for the clearance, order registration, import, and export of goods. Our goal is to serve manufacturers aiming to export and esteemed importers looking to expand international trade and contribute to the country’s industry.

The main services that can be provided by the Iranian Nilgun Abhi Clearance Company are as follows:

  • Order registration and goods clearance from all domestic and foreign customs
  • Providing solutions and methods to advance and improve customers’ goals
  • Import and export of all permitted commercial goods

Definition of work duty and general conditions of work duty in customs

The right to act in customs refers to a person, whether real or legal, who performs the customs formalities of goods belonging to another person on behalf of that person in customs. Those who do the customs formalities of the goods by proxy without having the right of action card, cannot do this for more than 10 months per year. Employees will be subject to the provisions of Article 382 of this regulation.

No individual is accepted as a customs subcontractor unless they have obtained a specific license for this occupation from the Customs Administration.

The “Labor Subcontracting Permit” card

The “Labor Subcontracting Permit” card is issued by Iranian Customs and obtaining it involves meeting certain requirements. One of these requirements is passing an examination conducted by the organization. Other conditions for obtaining the subcontracting permit include being an Iranian citizen and not being employed in governmental organizations with a minimum age of 25 years.
A customs broker must be familiar with customs tariff schedules, which themselves are lists used for presenting customs duties and commercial profits, alongside governmental rules and regulations applicable to importers and other trade requirements.

Identification and document presentation in customs clearance involves verifying the identity of individuals or entities involved in the clearance process and providing necessary documentation.

For customs clearance by customs clearance companies, it is necessary to input information related to the identity of the owner of the goods and their representative into the customs systems for declaration and determination of the imported goods’ value. In customs clearance, the term “value of imported goods” refers to the value of the goods at the origin plus the freight and insurance costs of the goods until they arrive at the customs. If other expenses are paid, they are also added to determine the customs value of the goods. These expenses typically include: packaging and containers, design costs, and intellectual property rights fees
Allocation of a consignment is done based on the validity period of the consignment declaration to the customs of destination. If, up to three months after the expiration of the consignment declaration, the customs certificate from the owner of the goods, indicating the arrival of the goods, is not presented, it is inferred that the goods have not reached their destination. At this stage, the determination of the customs clearance route is carried out systematically through a system, which involves receiving the consignment declaration for customs clearance. The consignment declaration is essentially an identification code for the customs clearance and declaration of goods.
It should be noted that goods that have not been finally cleared by customs may require a guarantee for customs claims, both regarding the clearance of the discussed goods and for any outstanding claims resulting from previously cleared goods.
Based on the declaration made, one of the green, yellow, or red channels is selected.
After receiving the documents for customs clearance, the customs authority proceeds with verifying the identity and commercial card, then moves on to verifying the legal representative for customs clearance, examining the clearance authorization letter and introduction letter, reviewing the subcontracting permit, and assessing any outstanding claims and controlling the debt related to the value of the goods.
According to Article 3 of the Law on Import and Export Regulations, having a valid commercial card is mandatory for individuals engaging in commercial imports.


Commercial activities refer to the activities involved in the exchange of goods or services from the production stage (procurement of raw materials, manufacturing activities, provision of services, etc.) until they reach the consumer (transportation, distribution, etc.).


Such a person is referred to as someone who, based on temporal and spatial conditions, undertakes the task of identifying needs, producing goods and services, and ensuring their distribution in a manner that is efficient and profitable.

Nilgon Abi Iranian Customs Clearance Company, with representatives in over 20 countries worldwide, is ready to procure and supply goods for its customers, manufacturers, and esteemed traders. We accompany and assist our customers in purchasing and shipping goods, ensuring their satisfaction and support throughout the process.

Business duties

Commercial activities, based on the definition provided, play the role of a bridge between producers, goods, and consumers, and revolve around two main axes:

Procuring materials, production factors, and other related services to facilitate production and service activities.

Efforts to manage procured goods and deliver them to consumers.

Registration of goods order

“Registration of order” is a type of entry permit for purchased foreign goods that is registered in the Ministry of Commerce system. Based on this, receiving a proforma invoice from the seller and registering the order are initial stages of importing goods. The registration order permit is a document issued by the Iran Trade Development Organization. It includes an eight-digit license number and the date of the registration order permit. It also features the proforma number and date, along with the name of the applicant company, which can either be an importing company or a customs clearance company.

Types of commerce

Commercial activities and customs clearance companies are divided into the following types based on geographical location and scope:

Domestic commerce

When commercial operations take place within the borders of a country, it is referred to as domestic commerce. This means that the focus of domestic commerce is firstly on meeting needs through internal resources, and secondly, transactions are conducted using the official currency of that country. In essence, domestic commerce involves the exchange of goods and services among residents of a country.

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Foreign commerce

Foreign commerce refers to all commercial activities conducted across the borders of a country. The purpose of engaging in foreign commerce is to procure necessary equipment and supplies at a lower and more suitable cost, and to achieve benefits and profits from trading activities. It goes without saying that in foreign commerce, the currency exchanged for trading transactions is foreign currency (foreign exchange).

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Regional business

When commercial transactions occur between two or more countries within a geographic region, it is referred to as regional commerce. Countries participating in regional trade agreements benefit from privileges and facilitations in their foreign trade with each other. These benefits and facilitations are not available in the absence of a regional trade agreement.

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