1213 GMT January 24, 2021
Iranian cement plants exported 7.6 million tons of cement in the first seven months, registering a 24 percent decline compared to the same period last year, IRNA reported.
The total value of Iran’s exports from the mining industry surpassed $3 billion in the first seven months of the year, according to data released by the Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO).
Imports of the cement chain in the seven-month period were more than 24,000 tons, worth $17.6 million, a decrease of 27 percent and 34 percent in terms of weight and value, respectively.
Also, total imports in the mining and mineral industries sector during March 20-October 21was 2.2 million tons, worth $1.7 billion, an increase of 16 percent in terms of weight, and a decrease of three percent in terms of value, compared to the first seven months of the previous year.
Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan are the top importers of cement from Iran.
India, Afghanistan, Russia, Iraq, Qatar, Kenya, Kuwait, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, and Oman are among the countries importing Iranian cement.
Iran’s annual cement production stands at 85 million tons while the domestic need for the product is 65 million tons.