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Teheran, 11 March 1964

The Government of India and the Imperial Government of Iran,

RECALLING the provisions of the Treaty of Commerce and Navigation between the Government of India and the Imperial Government of Iran, signed on the l5th December, 1954, especially Articles 1, 9, 10, 11 and 13, as reproduced in the Annexure attached to this Agreement,

DESIRING to further strengthen and expand trade and economic relations between the two countries,

HAVE agreed as follows :

Article 1

The two Governments recognising the needs and requirements of each other in the context of their developing economies undertake to explore all possibilities for expansion and promotion of trade between the two countries on the basis of mutual advantage.

Article 2

With regard to commodities mentioned in Schedules A and B attached to this Agreement, the two Governments shall facilitate imports and exports to each other's territories in accordance with their respective laws, regulations and procedures. The export and/or import of goods not included in Schedules A and B will also be permitted in accordance with laws, regulations and procedures in force in either country, from time to time.

Article 3

The two Contracting Parties undertake to grant import/export licences in accordance with their respective import/export and foreign exchange rules and regulations.

Article 4

In order to facilitate the implementation of this Agreement, the two Governments shall consult each other as and when necessary and also review the working of the Agreement once in six months.

Article 5

Each Government shall give full consideration to suggestions that may be made from time to time by the other Government with a view to the development and expansion of commerce between the two countries.

Article 6

The two Governments agree to accord, subject to their respective laws and regulations, reasonable facilities for the holding of trade fairs and exhibitions. The two Governments also agree to accord facilities for the display of goods in the permanent exhibition centres of one Government in the other country.

Article 7

The Agreement shall take effect from the date of signature, and shall remain in force for a period of 3 years.

DONE at Tehran this 11th day of March, 1964, A.D. in two original copies in the English language, both of which are equally authentic.

For the Government of India.

For the Imperial Government of Iran.



Extracts of Articles No. 1, 9, 10, 11 and 13 from the Treaty of Commerce and Navigation between the Imperial Government of Iran and the Government of India, as referred to in the preamble to the Trade Agreement signed on the 11th March, 1964.

Article 1

Subject to reciprocal treatment, the nationals of either contracting party may freely enter the territory of the other party and, in conformity with laws and regulations in force therein, engage in and carry on commerce, industry, trade and also any profession, not appropriated to nationals of that party; and subject to such reciprocal treatment, the treatment accorded to the nationals of either contracting party shall not be less favourable than that accorded to the nationals of the most favoured nation.

Article 9

All commercial enterprises such as industrial, trading, banking, insurance or financial corporations owned or controlled by the nationals of either contracting party may be constituted in the territory of the other contracting party with due regard to the relevant laws and on the basis of reciprocal treatment. Such corporations shall in all respects be accorded treatment not less favourable than that accorded to the corporation of any third party.

Article 10

The contracting parties shall, subject to the provisions of Article 11, grant each other complete most favoured nation treatment, that is to say, with respect to customs duties and charges of any kind imposed on or in connection with importation or exportation or imposed on the international transfer of payments for imports or exports and with respect to the method of levying such duties and charges and with respect to all rules and formalities relating to the clearance of goods through the customs, any advantage, favour, privilege or immunity granted by either contracting party to any product originating in or destined for any third country shall be accorded immediately and unconditionally to the like product originating in or destined for the territory of either contracting party.

Article 11

The contracting parties agree that the provisions of this Treaty with respect to the ‘Most Favoured Nation Treatment’ shall not be deemed to be contravened by the grant or continuance of :

(a) Advantages accorded or to be accorded by the contracting parties to contiguous countries.

(b) Advantages resulting from any Customs Union or free trade area to which either of the contracting parties is or may become a party.

(c) Preference or advantage accorded by either contracting party to any country, and subsisting on the date of this Treaty or in replacement of such preferences or advantages.

Article 13

Subject to provisions of Article 11, each contracting party shall, in respect of duties of tonnage, harbour, pilotage, lighthouses and other analogous duties levied in the ports of either contracting party, accord treatment not less favourable than that accorded to the ships of any third country, and provide all possible facilities that it can reasonably accord with regard to the transport of as large a proportion as possible of the imported and exported goods between the two countries by the ships of either contracting party. The provisions of this Article shall not apply to coastal trade of either party.




1. Dry fruits comprising almonds, pistachio nuts, walnuts, hazel nuts, etc.
2. Raisins (different varieties)
3. Dried figs, peaches and apricots
4. Fresh fruits
5. Dates (fresh and dried)
6. Quince seeds
7. Rice (with the authorisation of the Government of Iran)
8. Tobacco (with the authorisation of the Government of Iran)
9. Saffron
10. Roots and Bushes, stems, fruits stems for dyeing and tanning purposes
11. Plants, roots and herbs for medicinal, perfumery and industrial purposes
12. Asafoetida
13. Gum, tragacanth and other gums
14. Cumin seeds (black and green)
15. Oil cakes
16. Raw cotton
17. Wool
18. Hides and skins
19. Casings
20. Red oxide
21. Mineral ores including copper, zinc, lead and chromite
22. Cement
23. Drinks non-alcoholic
24. Cotton thread
25. Carpets and rugs
26. Handicrafts
27. Cotton textiles
28. Woollen textiles
29. Blankets
30. Galoches
31. Leather manufactured goods
32. Perfumery as after-shaving cream etc.
33. Plastic manufactured goods
34. Soaps and powders used in dry cleaning
35. Chemicals and drugs
36. Metal works like bed
37. Persian films
38. Books, magazines and newspapers
39. Turquoise and pearls (not bored).

NOTE : Export of these commodities from Iran will be subject to the availability, laws, regulations and procedure in force in Iran from time to time.



I. Animal And Marine Products
1. Leather manufactures excluding boots and shoes
2. Finished leather
3. Animal casings

II. Agricultural Products
1. Cigars and cigarettes
2. Hemp other than manila, sisal and aloe
3. Palmyra fibre
4. Tapioca, tapioca flour (Manioc Meal) and products
5. Sago
6. Fresh fruits including bananas
7. Fruit products
8. Plywood (commercial and tea-chests)
9. Cotton seed oil
10. Henna powder
11. Coir, coir yarn and coir products
12. Tobacco (raw and manufactured)
13. Tamarind
14. Turmeric
15. Castor oil
16. Groundnut oil
17. Linseed oil
18. Salad oil
19. Cotton seed cake
20. Deoiled cake (rice bran)
21. Vegetable oil
22. Essential oils n.o.s
23. Beedi leaves

III. Drugs, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and allied products
1. Calcined magnesite
2. Bichromates
3. Alumina ferric
4. Ferro manganese
5. Pigments, paints and varnishes
6. Printing inks other than black
7. Fountain pen ink
8. Myrabolan and extracts
9. Nux vomica alkaloids and preparations
10. Soaps, toiletries, hair oil and perfumes
11. Glycerine
12. Hydraulic brake fluid
13. Pharmaceuticals, drugs, medicines, vaccines, serums, etc. wholly indigenous
14. Safety matches and fireworks
15. Crockery
16. Magnesium chloride
17. Ethyl alcohol and industrial alcohol
18. Rubber products including bicycles, tyres and tubes, other than those types of tyres and tubes export of which is banned
19. Asbestos products
20. Liquid glucose
21. Benzene
22. Surgical cotton
23. Strych
24. Morphine
25. Bromides (sodium and potassium and calcium)
26. Liquid bromide
27. All antibiotics
28. All alkaloids
29. Synthetic drugs
30. Tetracyclins
31. Hamycin
32. Anti-tubercular drugs (P.A.S. and Salts)
33. Anti dysentry drugs (Idochlaro and di-iodo-quinoline)
34. Bleaching powder
35. Hydrochloric acid
36. Hydrogen peroxide
37. Sodium carbonate
38. Liquid chlorine
39. Anti-leprotic drugs (D.S.S. and derivatives.)
40. Amodiaquin.
41. Vitamins ‘A’
42. Vitamins ‘C’
43. Emetine
44. Santonine
45. Quinine
46. Brucine
47. Synthetic hormones
48. Aspirin
49. Calcium Gluconate and other calcium salts
50. Ferro gluconate
51. Nikethamide
52. Insecticides, pesticides (formulatics only), fungicides
53. Dyeing and tanning products
54. Dentrifrices

IV. Engineering Products
1. Aluminum and ACSR Conductors
2. Insulators
3. Distribution transformers
4. Air conditioners, water coolers and refrigerators
5. Transmission line poles and towers
6. Public address equipment
7. Radio receivers
8. Batteries
9. Rubber and plastic insulated house wiring cables
10. Electric motors
11. Bicycles and bicycle parts
12. Oil expellers
13. Electricity house service meters
14. Agricultural implements (if tractor drawn)
15. Cotton and hair belting
16. Screws and hinges
17. Diesel engines (stationery)
18. Coated abrasives
19. Duplicators
20. Zip fasteners
21. Buckles
22. Eyelets
23. Vacuum bottles and flasks
24. Collapsible tubes
25. Ball bearings
26. Pumps (coupled with prime movers or not) (centrifugal pumps)
27. Pumps driven by diesel engines and electric motors
28. Railway materials including rolling stock etc.
29. Precision and scientific instruments; survey instruments
30. Machinery parts
31. Metal containers
32. Paper and pulp making machinery
33. Grey iron castings, forgings and cast iron pipes
34. Rolled steel products
35. Steel castings and forgings
36. Foundry castings for machine parts
37. Crown corks
38. Cutlery
39. Nuts, bolts etc.
40. Sewing machines
41. Electric fans and parts
42. Safety razor blades
43. Handtools and small tools
44. Ebonite sheets
45. Steel furniture
46. Tin plates containers
47. Household utensils of iron and steel, brass and aluminium
48. Kerosene stoves
49. Weighing machines
50. Split pulleys
51. Scientific instruments of all types
52. G.I. buckets
53. Arc welding electrodes
54. Enamelled copper wire
55. Sand paper
56. Locks and padlocks
57. Steel structural and fabrication and conduit pipes and fittings
58. Sugarcane crushing machinery
59. Pressure lamps and stoves
60. Mild steel pipes
61. Electric tools, appliances and accessories such as conduit pipes, switches, bells, holders, cutouts etc.
62. Rods and tubes
63. Fire extinguishers
64. Textile machinery
65. Cement machinery

V. Mining Products
1. Mica bricks
2. Micanite
3. Ground mica
4. Sillimanite
5. Ilmenite
6. Magnesite
7. Iron ore
8. Manganese ore

VI. Plastics and sports Goods
1. Spectacle frames
2. Fountain pens
3. Plastic and moulded goods including umbrella handles
4. Linoleum
5. Leather cloth 6. Bangles
7. Sports goods
8. Decorative laminate

VII. Textile, cotton, and woollen such as
1. Cotton, silk, art silk and rayon fabrics
2. Handloom fabrics
3. Cotton sewing thread
4. Durries
5. Furnishing fabrics
6. Garments

VIII. Food
1. Spices including pepper, provisions and oilman stores
2. Preserved fruits and vegetable products. (Bottled and canned)
3. Cane, jaggery and powder (Indian gur)

IX. Household and Building Materials
1. Window, door and other frames
2. G.I. Pipes and fittings
3. Household heating and electrical fittings and fixtures
4. Cooking ranges and heaters
5. Electric irons, toasters, kettles etc.
6. Roofing tiles
7. Sanitaryware
8. Manhole covers and plates
9. Hurricane lanterns
10. Safes, strong boxes
11. Roof fittings
12. Prefabricated building materials, sanitary, plumbing

X. Others
1. Biscuits
2. Confectionery and chocolates
3. Potable spirits and beer
4. Red earthen tiles
5. Agarbathies
6. Pencils
7. Carbon paper and typewriter ribbons
8. Books (Printed and others)
9. Brass artware and other handicrafts
10. Bees wax
11. Paraffin wax
12. Opium, raw
13. Exposed cinematographic films whether developed or not
14. Gramophone records
15. Clocks and watches
16. Umbrella and umbrella parts
17. Handicrafts and cottage industry products
18. Artificial dentures
19. Stationery articles
20. Ball point pencils
21. Sandalwood chips
22. Cigarette paper
23. Cycle rims
24. Artistic silver, copper, brass and bidri products
25. Printing inks
26. Guar gum
27. Ivory articles
28. Wood carvings
29. Earthenware
30. Filigri works
31. Fancy jewellery
32. Basketsware
33. Shellac and seed lac
34. Myrobolan and myrobolan products
35. Glass and glassware including tablewares
36. Glass bottles and bangles
37. Cans
38. Press buttons
39. Musical instruments
40. Gums and resins
41. Elephants, milch and draught cattle
42. Sandal wood
43. Wood, lumber and corks manufactures
44. Base metals
45. Ropes and cordages
46. Mica and micanite
47. Kapok
48. Animals living including wild animals as permissible
49. Troca shells and other shells
50. Kyanite
51. Honey
52. Saffron
53. Marbles
54. Sponges
55. Barytes
56. Cotton waste
57. Carpets permissible
58. Sheep casings
59. Tanned hides and skins
60. Bristles
61. Fibres for brushes
62. Parafin wax
63. Bees wax
64. Asbestos cement sheets
65. Bidis
66. Enamelware
67. Tyres and tubes

NOTE : The export of goods included in this list will be subject to availability and regulations in force in India from time to time.

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