Iran exported 16.9 million tons of non-oil commodities including gasoline, polyethylene, methanol, iron and steel ingots and steel products to foreign destinations in the mentioned two months, said IRICA head, Mehdi Mir-Ashrafi, IRNA reported.
Meanwhile, some 5.3 million tons of goods valued at $6.5 billion were imported into the country in the said period to register a 26.5 percent rise compared to the last year’s same two months.
In total, Iran traded 22.2 million tons of such goods worth $12.8 billion with its trade partners in the period under review, up 6.6 percent and 38 percent in terms of weight and value, respectively, Mir-Ashrafi said.
Iran's top five non-oil export destinations during this period were China with $2 billion worth of exports, Iraq with $953 million, the UAE with over $849 million, Turkey with $388 million, and Afghanistan with $365 million.
According to the official, the said five countries accounted for 68 percent and 73 percent of Iran’s total non-oil exports, respectively.
The country’s top five sources of imports during March 21-May 21 were the UAE with $1.8 billion, China with $1.5 billion, Turkey with $642 million, Germany with $285 million, and Switzerland with $283 million worth of imports.
Mobile phones, corn, sunflower oil, meal, wheat, soybeans, rice, barley and sugar were the most imported items during the period.
These commodities accounted for 69.5 percent of the weight and 33 percent of the total value of imports, according to Mir-Ashrafi.
The official also noted that over 1.8 million tons of goods were transited through Iran in the said period, registering a 142 percent rise compared to the same period in the previous year.