Iran's non-oil exports surpass $24 bn in 8 months

Dec 03, 2013 12:00 AM

Iran exported over $24 bn of non-oil commodities in the first eight months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21- November 20) despite the US-engineered sanctions against the country.

According to the latest data released by the Iranian Customs Administration on Sunday, Iran exported $24.605 bn of non-oil goods, including gas condensates, during the eight-month period, marking a 7.7 percent rise in weight compared to the corresponding period last year. The non-oil exports weighed 56.844 mm tons.

Iran also imported $28.247bln worth of goods weighing 18.925 mm tons in the first eight months of the current Iranian calendar year, press tv reported.

The figures show a 30 percent decline in weight and a 22.7 percent fall in value in the import of non-oil commodities.

Iran exported iron ore valued at $909mln, methanol, also known as methyl alcohol, valued at $728 mm and bitumen valued at $719 mm during the eight-month period.

The three commodities were Iran's main export products, excluding gas condensates and petrochemical products.

Iran also exported $4.944 bn of gas condensates, $6.405 bn of petrochemical products, and 13.256 bn of other goods in the first eight months of the current Iranian calendar year.

China, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, India, and Afghanistan were the main importers of non-oil products from Iran. They imported goods from Iran valued at $4.252 bn, $3.870 bn, $2.318 bn, $1.659bln, and $1.639 bn respectively during the mentioned period.

Iran imported $1.610 bn of rice, $1.057 bn of soy meal, $751 mm of wheat, $745 mm of corn, and $634 mm of vehicles in the first eight months of the current Iranian calendar year, and these commodities were Iran's main import products.

The United Arab Emirates exported goods valued at $5.854 bn to Iran during the eight-month period, making it the leading exporter of non-oil products to Iran. It was followed by China, India, South Korea, and Turkey, which exported goods valued at $5.539 bn, $2.607 bn, $2.389 bn, and $2.307 bn, respectively.

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