The chamber definition
Kerman Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture is a non-profit organization with legal personality and financial independence established to help provide the country with economic growth and development, exchange ideas, and express the views of industrial, mining, agricultural, and commercial managers. The general structure of the Chamber consists of the Board of Representatives, the Board of Directors, and the Chairman, who are nominated through elections every 4 years at the same time as all over the country, and all members of the Chamber who have a valid business or membership card can participate in these elections. Besides, the Chamber has an active executive staff and administrative system. This chart consists of the Secretary-General and 5 managements in the eighth term of the Board of Representatives.
The most important activities of the chamber
Kerman Chamber acts as an advisor to the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary. It expanded its position from consulting to policy-making in the country’s economic sector by delegating some powers from the government to the private sector, following the passage of the Law for the Continuous Improvement of Business Environment, which was drafted by Kerman Chamber and submitted to parliament. The establishment of the Government-Private Sector Dialogue Council at the national level with the membership of representatives of the three branches and representatives of the private sector and, consequently, the formation of this council in the provinces with the membership of general managers of relevant organizations is one of the achievements of this law. This was done on the orders of the Supreme Leader and after the announcement of the general policies of Article 44.
In general, the Iranian chambers of commerce perform different activities depending on their ability and expertise. The main task of the chambers is to issue and renew membership and business cards for traders and merchants and to issue certificates of origin for the export of manufactured goods. Kerman Chamber currently provides services to members as follows:
- Providing specialized advice to the public sector in various economic fields;
- Issuing and renewing membership and business cards;
- Issuing commercial documents such as certificates of origin and Form A, introducing embassies and common chambers for obtaining visas, and issuing certificates and signature certificates;
- Enabling communication with foreign traders and craftsmen to introduce domestic capabilities;
- Sending economic delegations abroad to identify foreign markets;
- Participating in negotiations with foreign economic delegations that are present in Kerman or other parts of Iran;
- Providing services of Export Guarantee Fund of Iran (EGFI) through an active representative in Kerman Chamber;
- Providing the opportunity to identify opportunities, facilities, and capabilities of members and introducing them to foreign parties in absentia, and vice versa;
- Providing consulting services on taxation, social security, labor law, commercial law, trade, customs, and other economic laws;
- Attending conferences, meetings, seminars, and gatherings of the Iran Chamber and other provinces to promote the knowledge and awareness of members;
- Holding the required training courses and providing scientific and specialized assistance in economic fields;
- Facilitating the arrival of foreign delegations, guests, and experts;
- Introducing for membership in joint chambers and councils;
- Benefiting from the presence of employers’ representatives in the tax assessment boards, the Social Security Organization and the Dispute Resolution Board (Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor, and Social Welfare) to defend the rights of members;
- Defending the rights of members in all economic and commercial fields;
- Providing legal advice, resolving business disputes, and concluding business contracts, memoranda, and correspondence
- Providing various domestic and foreign commercial and industrial services and information to members and responding to the needs, questions, and ambiguities arising from laws, statistics, etc.;
- Facilitating and supporting the presence of members in international or specialized exhibitions abroad;
- Benefiting from investment consulting inside or outside Iran;
- Providing the possibility of presenting the views and suggestions of members and organizations to relevant authorities and organizations;
- Facilitating and supporting membership in organizations and unions operating under the auspices of the Chamber;
- Enabling members to benefit from export awards and subsidies by introducing the Chamber to the Ministry of Industry, Mine, and Trade, and registering members in the electronic directory of the CD of Iranian exporters;
- Enabling members to have access to advertisements for auctions and tenders in Iran and other countries;
- Informing members about approved rules and regulations through the website, newsletter, email, SMS, etc.;
- Facilitating the use of all facilities of the Chamber, including the hall, library, and center for economic studies and research;
- Active participation of the Chamber in legal provincial and national decision-making meetings and assemblies (Council for Planning and Development, Employment and Investment Working Group, Working Group for Developing Non-oil Exports, related associations and organizations, etc.);
- Following up on the implementation of rules and regulations in the private sector as announced by members;
- Providing information services in the field of international markets and foreign trade such as import and export statistics, potential markets, introducing international exhibitions, and consulting in the field of domestic and foreign trade rules and regulations for free by the Office of Consulting and Marketing Services;
- Provide other information, services, and advice needed by provincial and national economic actors, trustees, and researchers (consulting on banking, insurance, legal, domestic and foreign investment, taxes, labor, and social affairs laws, social security law, etc.).
Business card: It is a license according to which its holder, whether a natural or legal entity, is allowed to export and import following Article 3 of the Export-Import Regulations Act approved by the Islamic Consultative Assembly (the Parliament of Iran) on 1993-9-26.
Having a business card is necessary in the preliminary stages of import (order registration, and opening credit). It must also be submitted to the relevant authorities (Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade, Central Bank, and Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration) upon request at the stage of clearance of imported goods. Having a business card is also required for the goods export formalities. A business card can be issued in the name of a natural or legal entity. A natural business card is issued in the name of the applicant, and a legal business card is issued in the name of the CEO of the applicant company. A person cannot have two cards at the same time, that is, he/she cannot have both a real business card in his/her name and be the CEO of a company that has a business card.
Certificate of Origin: It refers to a document issued by the Chamber for the export of goods based on a customs declaration. This certificate includes the following:
Origin of the exporter, the exporter, the destination to which the goods are exported, the mode of transport of the goods, the type, number, weight, and value of the goods, the date of issuance of the certificate, and the seal and signature of the chairman or a member of the board of the Chamber.