Official: Iran’s non-oil exports witnessing 20 percent growth in 6 months

TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of Iran’s Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) Valiollah Afkhamirad announced that the country’s non-oil exports have witnessed an eye-catching growth in the first half of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2014-September 22, 2014).

“Iran’s non-oil exports have seen a 20-percent rise in value in the first six months of the current year,” Afkhamirad told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday.

He said that over $23.2bln worth of non-oil products (including gas condensates) were exported to foreign states during the above-mentioned period.

Noting that 5 countries are the main destinations of 70% of Iran’s total exports, Afkhamirad said China ranked first with $4.6 billion, followed by Iraq with $2.8 billion and the UAE with $1.9 billion worth of imports from Iran.

Earlier this month, Iranian Customs Administration’s latest monthly report said that over $15.519bln of Iran’s total $16.685bln worth of non-oil exports (excluding condensates) was sent to Asian countries during the first half of the current Iranian fiscal year (March 21-Sept. 22), indicating an increase by 9 percent year on year.

The figure accounts for 93 percent of the country’s total non-oil exports, it added.

Iran exported some 36.162 million metric tons of non-oil goods to Asian countries during that period.

Meanwhile Iran’s exports to Europe registered a 61.35 percent increase in terms of volume and stood at 1.194 million metric tons during the period. Iran exported $760mln worth of goods to the European countries in the six months which indicates an increase by 33 percent in comparison with the 6-month period of last year.

European markets shared 4.56 percent of Tehran’s total non-oil exports’ value during the first half of the current fiscal year. Iran’s exports to Africa and America stood at $364mln and $28mln respectively.

Iran’s total non-oil exports (excluding gas condensates) to foreign countries surpassed $16.685bln during the 6-month period from March 21 to Sept. 22, which indicates an increase by 9.3 percent compared to the same months of the preceding year.

By Fars News Agency


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