Over 8.8m tons of goods transited via Iran in 9 months

January 2, 2016

TEHRAN– Over 8.8 million tons of goods were transited via Iran during the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21- December 21), according to Mohammad-Javad Atrchian, the director of transit department at Iran’s Roads Maintenance Organization.    

Oil products and non-oil goods accounted for 3.95 million tons and 4.84 million tons of the transited commodities, respectively, in the nine-month period, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) reported.

The non-oil goods mostly consisted of fuel, chemical products, cotton, household appliances and food products. 

Atrchian said Iraq and the United Arab Emirates were the main countries which transited goods via Iran.

He added that of the 399,000 trailers which carried transited commodities, 63 percent belonged to Iran and the rest belonged to other countries.

Transit of goods via Iran rose by 6.5 percent in the past Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, compared to the year before.  

Over 12.3 million tons of goods were transited via the country in the previous calendar year.  

Shahriyar Afandizadeh, the Iranian deputy transport and urban development minister, has said that Iran has the capacity to transit 40 million tons of goods annually.