Iranian province increases goods export by 4 percent

Business Materials 5 January 2011 13:13 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 5 / Trend, A.Yusifzade /

Iran's Gilan province has increased the goods exports by four percent to $270 million in value and to 483,590 tons in weight in March to December 2010, BENA reported quoting Mohammad Behbud Ahani, supervisor of Gilan Province Customs and director general of Bandar Anzali Customs as saying.

Behbud Ahani said that raisins, potatoes, citrus, pistachio, tea and grapes took the lion share of goods exports from Gilan, comprising 52 percent.

Azerbaijan, Turkey, Russia, and Iraq are the major consumers of the goods exported via from Gilan Customs, he added.

Gilan Province lies along the Caspian Sea, bordering province of Mazandaran in the west, the province of Ardabil in the east, the provinces of Zanjan and Qazvin in the north. Rasht is the central city of Gilan and Bandar-e Anzali is its major harbor port.

Iran's non-oil exports have surged in the second half of 2010, passing the $22 billion the country's customs office says.

Non-oil exports grew by 21 percent between March and December 2010 compared to the same period in 2009, the office said on Saturday.

"The figures are sound and correct, this shows that sanctions have not affected Iran seriously and instead its non oil exports have surged and given the rise in oil prices, the revenues from oil have increased," lawmaker Gholamreza Mesbahi Moghaddam told Press TV on Sunday.

"I don't think that sanctions have no effect at all but in practice these effects are next to nothing," MP Mostafa Kavakebian said.

The UN Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions resolution on Iran over Western allegations that Tehran is developing a military nuclear program.

Iranian officials refute such allegations and stress that as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the country has a legitimate right to pursue peaceful nuclear technology.