News ID: 315803
Published: 0124 GMT August 28, 2021

Iran’s five-month non-oil trade up: Customs governor

Iran’s five-month non-oil trade up: Customs governor

The value of Iran’s non-oil trade rose 38 percent during the first five months of the current Iranian year (March 21-August 22) compared to the same period of time in the past year, the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) announced.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Industry, Mine, and Trade Minister Ehsan Khandouzi’s visit to the Imam Khomeini Airport City’s Customs Office on Saturday, Mehdi Mir-Ashrafi said that Iran has traded 59.3 million tons of non-oil goods worth $34 billion with other countries in the said period, which indicates also 14 percent growth in terms of weight on an annual basis, IRNA reported.

The official put the five-month non-oil exports at 45.5 million tons valued at $17.6 billion, with a 63 percent rise in value and 20 percent growth in weight.

The IRICA head said methanol, natural gas, polyethylene, semi-finished iron products, iron ingots, gasoline, liquefied propane, iron rods, urea, and bitumen were the main exported products in the said time span.

He said major export destinations of the Iranian non-oil goods were China with about 12.3 million tons worth $5.9 billion, Iraq with 12 million tons worth $3.16 billion, the UAE with five million tons worth $1.9 billion, Turkey with 1.37 million tons worth $1.1 billion, and Afghanistan with 2.16 million tons worth $885 million.

The official further announced that Iran has imported 13.8 million tons of non-oil commodities worth $16.6 billion in the first five months of the present year, with a 21 percent growth in value and a 0.5 percent fall in weight year on year.

According to the official, the country’s trade balance was over $1 billion positive in the said five months.

Mir-Ashrafi named cellphones, livestock corn, sunflower oil, barley, meal, wheat, soybeans, sugar, and rice as the main imported commodities.

The UAE with 4.436 million tons of goods worth $5.391 billion was the top exporter to Iran in the said period, followed by China with 1.1 million tons of goods worth $3.6 billion, Turkey with 1.57 million tons worth $1.8 billion, Germany with 431,000 tons worth $668 million, and Switzerland with 692,000 tons worth $572 million, the official stated.

He put the weight of non-oil trade at 146.4 million tons and said that the figure shows a 25-million-ton annual decline, which is the result of sanctions and coronavirus pandemic.


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