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Following the easing of export controls and sanctions against Iran in January 2016, the German economy is reckoning with deals worth billions. The areas of machine engineering and renewable energies, above all, are expected to provide significant market chances. Other sectors of industry are also expecting additional export business. According to the association Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), Iran is currently one of the most promising sales markets for German products. However, there are still a number of hurdles to pass when it comes to the delivery of products to Iran.

Exports to Iran: What you need to consider?

“The easing of sanctions does not mean that goods can be exported to Iran without being checked”, explained Gunnar Siebert from the international goods inspection company, SGS. “One the one hand, companies need export permits for so-called “dual-use goods”. On the other hand, extensive certification and inspection requirements exist. What’s more, many products require special certificates of conformity.”

Ministry of Health (MOH) demands audits

The Iranian Ministry of Health, MOH, has stipulated that audits, and usually local ones, need to be carried out at the foreign production sites when importing food, beverages, cosmetics and hygiene products. These are often referred to as GMP Audit Services, which are based on international standards of the food industry such as HACCP, ISO 22000, BRC or IFS. Furthermore, a so-called Visual Free Sale Certificate Approval (VFSC) is usually also requested, and this is also an area where the SGS inspectors can provide assistance.

ISIRI standards and INSO certificate for exports

Since 2001, Iran has had a product certification programme. The Iran National Standards Organization, INSO, regularly publishes and updates a list of items containing goods requiring certification together with the associated standards, which the goods must comply with. This purpose of this inspection programme, which used to be known under the name ISIRI, is to provide proof that the imported goods comply with Iranian regulations. The SGS is accredited and thus authorised to carry out the requested production inspections and conformity assessments and issue the respective Certificates of Inspection, CoI.

Central Bank of Iran: letter of credit (LC) services

With regard to LC transactions, the goods to be delivered must generally also include a certificate of conformity according to requirements of the Central Bank of Iran, CBI, in addition to the INSO or ISIRI list. SGS can carry out the required pre-shipment inspection (PSI) and confirm that the goods comply with the respective specifications regarding quality, quantity and product packaging.

Certificates and inspections for exports to Iran

As the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, SGS has been a point of contact for exports to Iran for several decades now – both for German and European exporters and also locally in Tehran with our own national office. Make use of the global network and independent expertise of SGS for your deliveries of goods to Iran. Simply contact us:

  • Certification based on INSO (previously ISIRI) standards
  • Pre-shipment inspections (PSI) according to Letter of Credit
  • Good manufacturing practice (GMP) audit services
  • Visual free sales certificate (FSC) approval service
  • Price verification


SGS Tehran Coordination Office (TCO)
N O. 47, Ahmad Ghasir Street, Argentina Sq
Tehran, Iran,
t +98 21 887 36 554

SGS Germany GmbH
Rödingsmarkt 16
D-20459 Hamburg
t +49 40 30101-372

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