• 21 October 2018 - 09:49
  • News Code: 92863
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Germany has seen its exports to Iran have been steady since the United States walked out of the 2015 nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.

Economic data released by the Association of German Banks showed that no matter how hard Berlin has been trying to safeguard its firms against renewed US sanction on Iran, German exports over the first eight months of 2018 stood at 1.8 billion euros, while the threat of long-arm US sanctions had largely frozen banks’ export-related financial transactions, Reuters reported.

Washington’s sanctions dashed major European manufacturers’ hopes of expanding their business in Iran’s large and potentially fast-growing and wealthy new market.

German exporters have been the hardest hit by the US move. Germany is the West’s biggest exporter to Iran.

The EU has launched an attempt to protect European businesses from Donald Trump’s sanctions against Iran, as the US administration voiced its intent to apply maximum pressure on Tehran by vigorously applying its punitive measures.

uropean firms have been instructed that they should not comply with demands from the White House for them to drop all business with Iran.

Those who decide to pull out because of US sanctions will need to be so authorized by the European Commission, without which they face the risk of being sued by EU member states.

A mechanism has also been opened to allow EU businesses affected by the sanctions to sue the US administration in the national courts of member states.

The European Union is considering creating a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to enable trade with Iran and, more broadly, help the bloc avoid the extraterritorial reach of US law.

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