Iran's non-oil exports surpass $ 27 bn
Iran's Customs Administration says the country's non-oil exports, including gas condensates, have surpassed $ 27 bn in the first eight months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21).
Customs Administration Director Abbas Memarnejad said that the value of Iran's non-oil exports reached $ 27.46 bn in the eight-month period.
Memarnejad, who is also a deputy economy minister, noted that the figure indicates a 33.9-% increase compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.
He added that about 49.5 mm tons of goods have been exported from the Islamic Republic between March and November, showing an 8.5-% rise compared to the previous year.
China bought $ 3.673 bn worth of non-oil products from Iran during the eight-month period, making it the leading importer of Iranian non-oil goods, followed by the United Arab Emirates ($ 3.106 bn), Iraq ($ 2.936 bn), India ($ 1.824 bn), and Afghanistan ($ 1.232 bn), he explained.
Memarnejad also stated that 23.812 tons of goods worth $ 39.75 bn were imported to the Islamic Republic, indicating a 21.4-% decrease in weight and a 6.1-% reduction in value.
Iran's main non-oil exports are petroleum gases, liquefied gas hydrocarbons, liquefied propane, methanol, mineral fuels, chemical products, plastics, fruits, nuts, fertilizers, and carpets.
In early October, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced his administration's plans to boost the value of the nation's non-oil exports to $ 60 bn by March 2013.