Commodities worth over $188m exported from Semnan Province in 8 months

December 11, 2020 - 12:46

TEHRAN- Commodities valued at $188.7 million were exported from Semnan Province, north-central Iran, during the first eight months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20-November 20), a provincial official announced.

Ali Sa’adedin, the director-general of the province’s customs department, said the value of the eight-month export from Semnan shows an 11 percent rise year on year. 

He put the weight of exported commodities at 166,533 tons, with a nine percent drop compared to the figure of the same period of time in the past year.

The official said that 82 companies exported goods to 45 countries in the mentioned time span.

He further announced that 9,551 tons of commodities valued at $39.949 million have been imported to the province during the first eight months of the present year, with 22 percent growth in terms of value and 21 percent fall in terms of weight.

The products have been imported from 16 countries, he added.

As announced by the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA), the value of Iran’s non-oil trade during the first eight months of the current Iranian calendar year reached $44.6 billion.

Mehdi Mirashrafi has said that in the mentioned eight months, Iran imported $23.1 billion worth of goods, while the exports stood at $21.5 billion.

The total volume of traded goods was estimated at about 97.7 million tons, of which over 75 million tons were related to exports and about 21.8 million tons were imported goods.

According to Mirashrafi, the imports in the said period declined one percent and 18 percent in terms of weight and value, respectively.

The exports also experienced a fall of 14 percent and 19 percent in terms of weight and value, respectively.

Noting the downward trend of the country’s foreign trade is ending and the trade is getting back to normal, the official said: "As we announced in previous months, fortunately, the downward trend of our country's exports is approaching normal conditions month by month, and we hope to have better conditions in terms of exports by the end of the year."

Iran's top five non-oil export destinations during this period were Iraq with over $5.3 billion worth of exports, China with the same amount, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with over $2.7 billion, and Turkey with $1.6 billion as well as Afghanistan with $1.5 billion.

According to the IRICA head, the top five sources of imports during this period were China with $6 billion, the UAE with $5.4 billion, Turkey with $2.6 billion, India with $1.4 billion, and Germany with $1.1 billion worth of imports.

Most of the imported goods into the country in the mentioned time span were basic goods or raw materials, Mirashrafi stressed.

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