|Administration determined to declare Abadan, Khorramshahr as free trade zones: Rouhani||
TEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his administration is determined to declare Abadan and Khorramshahr – two key port cities in southwest of Iran - as free trade zones.
The administration has taken steps to revive agriculture in the region, Rouhani said on the sidelines of his recent travel to Khuzestan province, as his first provincial trip since his incumbency in August 2013.
Some 1500 trillion rials (about $60 billion) will be allocated for reviving 550,000 hectares area of farmlands in the province within 3 years, he noted. The project will create 300,000 direct and indirect jobs, he added.
Currently, seven free trade zones, namely Chabahar, Qeshm, Kish, Arvand, Aras, Anzali, and Makou, are operational in Iran.
Iran conducted $62.507 billion in trade of non-oil goods with other countries during the first nine months of the current calendar year which began on March 21, according to the latest report released by Iran’s Customs Administration.
The country exported $29.241 billion worth of non-oil goods (including gas condensates) and imported $33.266 billion of non-oil goods during the 9-month period.
Exports and imports fell by 7.7 percent and 16.9 percent respectively compared to the same period in the previous year.
Iron ore concentrate, urea, and Methanol were the main goods exported, and rice, soy meal, and wheat were the main items imported.
China, Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates were the three top importers of Iranian goods during the period, while the United Arab Emirates, China, and India were the leading exporters of goods to Iran.
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