Iran’s non-oil exports rise by 18 percent

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s non-oil exports increased considerably in the first nine months of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2014-December 22, 2014) as compared with the corresponding period in the last year.

“The value of non-oil exports since the start of the current (Iranian) year has increased by 18 percent compared with the same period last year,” Head of Iran’s Trade Promotion Organization Valiollah Afkhamirad said, addressing a forum in Alborz Province, near Tehran, on Sunday.

He noted that Iran exported $35.2 billion worth of non-oil goods in the said period.

Iran’s non-oil exports included liquefied propane, methanol, and polyethylene with major customers from China, Iraq, the UAE, Uzbekistan, India, Hong Kong and Azerbaijan.

In December, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined his government’s plans to boost non-oil exports to $50bln next year.

“One of the most important topics of the government’s economic plans is increasing non-oil exports and this growth will help our economy,” Rouhani said in Tehran, addressing an open session of the parliament in which he presented the budget bill for the next Iranian year (to start on March 21) to the legislative body.

“We hope to see a considerable share of non-oil exports next year and by continuing this trend, (the country’ revenues from) non-oil exports will surpass $50bln,” he added.

President Rouhani also said that the government is seriously pursuing development of the country’s infrastructures and increase of economic growth.

Iran’s Customs Administration announced in November that the country’s non-oil exports had witnessed significant growth in the first eight months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21- November 22).

The value of Iran’s non-oil exports amounted to over $31.5 billion in the seven months of the current year, a report by the Customs Administration said.

It noted that 55 million tons of commodities have been exported during the same period.

By Fars News Agency


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