Exporters get the hots for Iran

Stat of the day: 84 - the number of British companies which have been caught breaching trade sanctions with Iran this year.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 06 Nov 2012
What with being bent on building nuclear weapons, Iran isn't the most popular of countries at the moment. Unless, that is, you're one of a select few British businesses that seem keener than ever to trade with the country, despite sanctions ruling against it. According to treasury minister David Gauke, the number of British firms trying to send their goods to Iran has more than doubled in the last three years, from 40 cases in 2008/09 to 84 in the last tax year.

Unfortunately for them, 95% of cases were held up at customs. Let's hope those that got through didn't come in crates marked 'radioactive'...

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