Non-oil export from Ardebil Province rises 94%

February 14, 2021 - 14:11

TEHRAN- Non-oil export from Ardebil Province, in the northwest of Iran, has increased 94 percent during the first ten months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2020 – January 19, 2021), compared to the same period of time in the past year, according to a provincial official.

Ramin Sadeqi, the head of the province’s Industry, Mining, and Trade Department, said that commodities worth $194 million have been exported from the province in the ten-month period of this year, and it is hoped that the export will continue the rising trend by the yearend.

He said, "Unlike previous years, when potatoes and plastic products were the main export items of the province, this year 60 percent of Ardabil's exports are related to industrial products, and this has given more hope for the development and prosperity of this sector than before."

The official announced that the main export destinations of this province’s products are neighboring countries, especially Central Asia and the Caucasus, and added: “The two main programs in the export sector are closely monitored and followed, the first of which is to increase the value-added export products.”

Iran has traded 122.8 million tons of non-oil commodities worth $58.7 billion in the first 10 months of the current Iranian calendar year, according to the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA).

Of the total volume of the country’s non-oil trade in the mentioned period, 94.541 million tons worth $28.63 billion was the share of exports and about 28.249 million tons valued at $30.639 were the imported goods, Mehdi Mir-Ashrafi said.

According to the official, the exports of non-oil goods in this period decreased by 17.7 percent and 20 percent in terms of weight and value, respectively, compared to the same period last year.

The figures, however, grew significantly compared to the previous calendar month (December 21, 2020-January 19, 2021), the official added, noting that the upward trend is expected to continue in the coming months.

In comparison to the previous year’s same time span, the imports of the mentioned commodities also declined by two percent and 15.5 percent in terms of weight and value, respectively, according to the IRICA head.

Iran's top five non-oil export destinations during this period were China with $7.2 billion worth of exports, Iraq with $6.3 billion, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with over $3.7 billion, Turkey with $2 billion, and Afghanistan with $1.9 billion.

The mentioned countries imported a total of 69.5 million tons of goods worth $21.3 billion from Iran in the said 10 months, accounting for 73.5 percent and 76 percent of the total exports in terms of weight and value, respectively.

Meanwhile, the country’s top five sources of imports during this period were China with $7.9 billion, the UAE with $7.4 billion, Turkey with $3.4 billion, India with $1.8 billion, and Germany with $1.4 billion worth of imports.

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