Iran using shell shipping companies to export weapons to its proxies
Nearly half of all shipping docks in Iran are operated by the regime’s military, and it is using shell companies to smuggle weapons and other illicit goods, according to a new report.To get weapons into Yemen, Iran docks in Oman to offload its ships and transport the weapons overland. It would likely take a naval quarantine to stop the illicit shipping. That could happen if Iran keeps trying to harass US and allied shipping in the region.
A total of 90 docks have been taken over by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which is using them to circumvent sanctions and fund terrorist activities in the Middle East and beyond, according to the anti-regime People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
“Based on the direct order of the current supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, no authority is allowed to oversee the activities of the IRGC at border areas, be it on the ground, sea or air, and it can import anything in any quantity without paying any customs fee,” PMOI officials said in a statement provided to Fox News. “The IRGC uses these docks for its unlawful activities.”
The PMOI adds that in order to fund its activities, the Revolutionary Guard engages in smuggling oil, gas, chemical products, cigarettes, narcotics, alcohol, mobile phones, pharmaceuticals, hygiene material and energy drugs and supplements.
The importing and exporting of these illicit goods has allowed the IRGC to net $12 billion annually, the group estimates.
Trade vessel under direct control of the Guard uses these docks to transfer the goods and other equipment and even arms to other countries away from the eyes of international supervision.
“These docks play a key role in the regime’s efforts to evade sanctions," said MEK officials. “Investigations by PMOI sources within the regime concluded that unlawful exports of arms to proxy forces in the region are carried out through these docks.”