TEHRAN, Dec. 2 (MNA) – Iran exports 56.84 million tons of non-oil goods, valued at $24.605 billion, in the first eight months of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 21, Iran’s Customs Administration reported on Sunday.
The country imported 18.92 million tons of non-oil goods, valued at $28.247 billion, in the 8-month period, ISNA reported.
Exports and imports fell in value by 12.7 percent and 22.7 percent respectively compared to the same period in the previous year.
Iron ore concentrate, urea, and Methanol were the main goods exported, and rice, soy meal, and wheat were the main items imported.
China, Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates were the three top importers of Iranian goods during the period, while the United Arab Emirates, China, and India were the leading exporters of goods to Iran.
In July 2012, former Iranian Economy Minister Shamseddin Hosseini said Iran conducted economic transactions with 150 countries in the previous Iranian calendar year (March 2011-March 2012). And about 80 countries transited their products through Iran, he added.
Iran exported around $43.7 billion worth of non-oil goods in the previous Iranian calendar year and imported about $61.8 billion worth of non-oil goods to hit the unprecedented mark of $105 billion in annual trade.
In May 2012, Trade Promotion Organization of Iran Deputy Director Kiyumars Fat’hollah Kermanshahi said that annual imports and exports are projected to reach $77 billion and $83 billion respectively by March 2016.
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