|Over 8.9m tons of goods transited via Iran||
TEHRAN - Over 8.9 million tons of goods were transited via Iran during the first eight months of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 21, an 11 percent rise year on year, the director of the roads maintenance organization said on Monday.
Davoud Keshavarzian told IRIB that some 96 percent of the goods were transited by roads.
The transited consignments mostly consisted of fuel, construction materials, cotton, home appliances, vehicles, foodstuff and fertilizers, he noted.
Statistics show that over 11.6 million tons of goods were transited through Iran in the past Iranian calendar year.
More than 100 countries transited their goods via Iran. Iraq, China, the UAE, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan transited the highest amounts of goods.
Iran earns some 14 trillion rials (about $560 million) annually through transiting goods via ports.
In September, Iranian Transport and Urban Development Minister Abbas Akhoundi said that Iran plans to quadruple transit of goods to as much as 50 million tons per year.
Akhoundi added that about 12 million tons of goods were transited through the country in 2012.
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