Foodstuff, pharmaceutical exports up 4.6% in 9 months on year

February 1, 2019

TEHRAN – The value of exports of foodstuff, pharmaceutical and sanitary products in the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21 – September 21, 2018) increased by 4.62 percent compared to the last year’s same period, IRIB reported.

According to Mehdi Sadeghi Niaraki, the director general of the Industry, Mines and Trade Ministry’s Department of Food, Medicine and Health Industries, some $2.51 billion worth of such commodities were exported in the mentioned timespan.

As reported, 1.7 million tons of foodstuff, pharmaceutical and sanitary products were exported in the said period registering a 6.2 percent rise year on year in terms of weight.

The official noted that dairy and ice cream products, sweets and chocolates, saffron, tomato paste, juices and concentrates, animal feedstock, poultry and aquaculture, yeast, pasta, wheat flour, potato products, as well as detergents, different types of medicine were the main items exported during the nine-month period.

“Iran is currently exporting foodstuff, pharmaceutical and sanitary products to 16 different countries.” Sadeghi said.

The exports in this sector account for 8.23 percent of the country’s total non-oil exports.

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