Iran has removed an import ban on ethanol to help stem the coronavirus outbreak. Effective immediately, the country will allow imports of ethanol for the production of sanitisers and disinfectants, the Financial Tribune reported last week. 

The local English daily cited ILNA, which quoted Saeed Abbaspour, director general of the Import and Export Bureau at the trade ministry, as saying that the Central Bank of Iran has been ordered to ensure foreign currency for the ethanol imports. The customs administration has been ordered to carry out the clearance process promptly.

Iran is one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic with 23,049 confirmed cases and the fourth-highest number of deaths (1,812) after Italy, China and Spain as of March 23.

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