Exports from Sistan, Baluchestan to Afghanistan increase by 85%

IRNA – A provincial trade official announced 85 percent increase in exports from Sistan and Baluchestan to Afghanistan.

‘The export of goods from Sistan and Baluchestan province to Afghanistan in the 11th month of this current Iranian year (beginning on March 21, 2018) amounted to 278.3 million dollars, which shows a 85 percent growth in terms of value compared to the same period last year, the head of the Sistan and Baluchestan Industry, Mining and Trade Organization, Nader Mirshekar stated.

The official underlined on Sunday, ‘Out of the total $ 832 million of exports of Sistan and Baluchestan to foreign countries, 33% of it has been exported to Afghanistan, indicating a positive balance of trade with the country in the 11 months of this year.”

The head of the Sistan and Baluchestan Industry, Mining and Trade Organization, said construction materials (cement), dates, spices, apples, and chemical and industrial products, were among the export items to Afghanistan.

Sistan and Baluchestan has created special conditions for regional and trans-regional exchanges for Iran and countries in the region, such as Pakistan and Afghanistan, due to its geographical location.

Sistan and Baluchestan located in the southeast of Iran has borders with the countries of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Sea of Oman.

The length of the province’s boundaries with Pakistan is about 300 km, equivalent to one-third of the entire Iran’s border with Afghanistan, and length of joined border of the province with Pakistan is 921 km, which accounted for the total border between Iran and Pakistan.