TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Government Spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said the value of his country’s non-oil exports amounted to $42.5 billion in the first ten months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2014-Jaunuary 20, 2015).
The non-oil exports earned Iran $42.5 billion during the past ten months, Nobakht, who is also the head of Management and Planning Organization, said on Wednesday.
Iran is expected to experience a 2.5% economic growth in the new calendar year which starts on March 21, he said.
Noting that the current calendar year saw a 4% economic growth rate in its first half, Nobakht underlined that oil exports grew $42.58 billion during the same period.
In January, Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri underscored the necessity for cutting dependence on oil revenues and increasing exports of non-oil products.
“Special increase in the volume of non-oil exports constitutes the government’s most important approach,” Jahangiri said.
“To reach this goal, any obstacle on the way of the Iranian exporters should be removed in addition to granting special facilities to non-oil exports,” he added.
Earlier this month, an Iranian Road Ministry official said nearly 11,281 million tons of various commodities had been transited through the country’s borders during the first 11 months of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2014-February 19, 2015).
Director General of the Road Maintenance and Transportation Organization (RMTO), Mohammad Javad Atrchian announced that oil-based commodities accounted for to 5.97 million tons and non-oil commodities such as home appliances, different types of chemical products, vehicles and construction materials accounted for 6.183 million tons of the total goods transported during the period.
“Having registered 3.1 million tons of transited commodities, Bandar Abbas is the most active border transit terminal during, followed by Bashmaq and Bazargan border points,” the official added.
Head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization Ataollah Sadr said that Iran earned some $1.15bln annually through transiting goods via ports.