DUBAI - Iran has banned the import of Chevrolet cars, a week after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized imports of US autos and asked the government to support domestic production.
The semi-official Mehr news agency quoted an unnamed official in the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade as saying on Tuesday that an order of 200 Chevrolet cars, worth $7 million, should be canceled. Chevrolets are made by General Motors.
"The person who has registered the car orders has been informed that their import is not allowed. The cars are not in the country yet and were only loaded to be shipped to Iran," the official was quoted as saying.
He said the shipment was to have come from South Korea, but did not give details of the seller.