Anzali Free Trade Zone’s exports up 95 per cent
Azerbaijan, Baku, Apr.24/ Trend R.Zamanov
Some 258,000 tons of goods worth 142 million dollars were exported from the Anzali Free Trade Zone located in Iran's northern province of Gilan, during the past Iranian calendar year which ended March 20, director of Anzali Free Trade Zone said on Wednesday.
Compared to its preceding year, the figures show a 95 and 31 per cent increase in terms of weight and value respectively, the IRNA News Agency quoted Saeed Rahimi as saying.
Iran had exported 132,000 tons of goods worth 108 million dollars from the Anzali Free Trade zone two years ago.
Chemicals, food stuff, fisheries, mineral products, and textile were the main exported items, Rahimi explained.
According to Rahimi, some 2.251 billion dollars' worth of goods was imported via zone in the past Iranian calendar year.
Anzali traded with the Caspian Sea region's states, Persian Gulf countries, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Northern America in the past year, Rahimi added.
According to the director of Iran's Trade Development Organisation (TDO), Hamid Safdel, Iran's total non-oil exports stood at 50 billion dollars in the previous year.
Iran had non-oil trade with 196 countries in the aforementioned period.
The country's balance of trade with 97 countries such the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey and China was negative in the previous year, the ISNA News Agency reported on March 6.
Tehran's balance was also positive with 99 countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Turkmenistan and Pakistan.