Mehdi Mir-Ashrafi said that Iran has traded 50.8 million tons of non-oil products worth nearly $29 billion with other countries in the four-month period, which indicates also 21 percent growth in terms of weight on an annual basis, IRNA reported.
He put the four-month non-oil export at 38.3 million tons valued at $14.3 billion, with a 65 percent rise in value and a 27 percent growth in weight.
Liquefied gas, polyethylene, iron semi-finished products, methanol, gasoline, iron and steel ingots, steel products, iron rods, liquid propane, bitumen, and copper cathode were the main exported products in the said time span, he added.
Major export destinations of the Iranian non-oil goods were China with about 10 million tons worth $4.3 billion, Iraq with 10.9 million tons worth $2.8 billion, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 4.3 million tons worth $1.6 billion, Turkey with one million tons worth $923 million, and Afghanistan with 1.8 million tons worth $728 million.
According to the customs chief, Iran imported 12.5 million tons of non-oil commodities worth $14.5 billion in the first four months of the present Iranian year, with 32 percent growth in value and five percent rise in weight year on year.
He said that the basic goods accounted for 9.4 million tons of the imported items.
Mir-Ashrafi named cellphones, livestock corn, sunflower oil, barley, meal, wheat, soybeans, sugar and rice as the main imported commodities.
The UAE with four million tons of goods worth $4.7 billion was the first largest exporter of goods to Iran in the said period, followed by China with one million tons of goods worth $3.1 billion, Turkey with 1.3 million tons worth $1.5 billion, Germany with 351,000 tons worth $563 million, and Switzerland with 672,000 tons worth $539 million.
Earlier he said the value of Iran’s non-oil trade stood at $73 billion in the past Iranian year.