TEHRAN- As announced by a provincial official, commodities valued at $644,000 were exported from Kohgiluyeh-Boyerahmad province, in the southwest of Iran, in the first quarter of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-June 21).
Behnam Ahmadi, the director-general of the province’s customs department, put the weight of the exported products at 428 tons.
He said the quarterly exports show 32 percent rise in terms of value and 42 percent growth in terms of wieght year on year.
The official named Germany, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and South Africa as the main export destinations of the products.
The value of Iran’s non-oil exports reached $10.7 billion in the first three months of the current Iranian calendar year, up 69 percent compared to the last year’s same period, IRNA reported quoting the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA).
According to Mehdi Mir-Ashrafi, Iran exported 30 million tons of non-oil commodities in the mentioned three months, registering a 38-percent rise compared to the figure for the last year’s Q1.
Meanwhile, some 8.4 million tons of goods valued at $10.2 billion were also imported into the country in the said period to register a 34-percent rise in terms of value compared to the last year’s same quarter.
In total, the Islamic Republic traded 38.4 million tons of non-oil goods worth $20.9 billion with its trade partners in the first quarter of the current Iranian calendar year, up 25 percent and 50 percent in terms of weight and value, respectively, Mir-Ashrafi said.
According to the official, the country’s trade balance was $476 million positive in the mentioned time span.
Iran’s top five non-oil export destinations during this period were China with $3.1 billion worth of exports, Iraq with $2.3 billion, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with over $1.3 billion, Turkey with $595 million, and Afghanistan with $570 million.
Meanwhile, the country’s top five sources of imports during these two months were the UAE with $3.2 billion, China with $2.2 billion, Turkey with $1 billion, Germany with $414 million, and Switzerland with $384 million worth of imports.
The official also noted that over 2.742 million tons of goods were transited through Iran in the said period, registering a 121-percent rise compared to the same period in the previous year.