Annual exports from West Azarbaijan rise 62%

April 18, 2021 - 11:4

TEHRAN- The value of exports from West Azarbaijan province, in the northwest of Iran, increased 62 percent during the past Iranian calendar year (ended on March 20), according to an official with the customs department of the province.

Tohid Azarbod announced that commodities worth $2.997 billion were exported from the province in the past year.

The official also said that the weight of exported items indicates just a one-percent growth year on year.

He further put the value of imports to the province at over $719 million and said the imports fell 15 percent in terms of worth, and dropped 37 percent in terms of weight.

As announced by the head of Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA), the value of Iran’s non-oil trade stood at $73 billion in the past year.

Mehdi Mir-Ashrafi also put the weight of non-oil trade at 146.4 million tons, and said that the figure shows a 25-million-ton annual decline, which is the result of sanctions and coronavirus pandemic.

Iran’s non-oil export was 112 million tons valued at $34.5 billion, and that of import was 34.4 million tons worth $38.5 billion in the past year, the official added.

Among the country’s non-oil export destinations, China was the first, with importing $8.9 billion worth of products, Iraq was the second with importing $7.3 billion, the United Arab Emirates the third with importing $4.6 billion, Turkey the fourth with importing $2.5 billion, and Afghanistan the fifth with importing $2.2 billion, Mir-Ashrafi announced, and named gasoline, natural gas, polyethylene, propane, and pistachio as Iran’s major exported products during the past year.

He further named Iran’s top sources of non-oil imports in the said time, as China with exporting $9.7 billion worth of products to the Islamic Republic, the UAE with $9.6 billion, Turkey with $4.3 billion, India with $2.1 billion, and Germany with $1.8 billion, respectively, and mentioned corn, cellphone, rice, oil meal and oil seeds, wheat, and raw oil as the major imported items.

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