Over 2.2 million tons of goods transited through Iran in 2 months

Business Materials 26 May 2013 13:15 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 25/ Trend F.Karimov/

Over one million tons of goods were transited via Iran during the first two months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-May 21), showing a 10.8 percent rise compared to the same period in the previous year, the Fars News Agency quoted Iranian Deputy Roads and Urban Development Minister Shahriyar Afandizadeh as saying.

Some 94 percent of the goods were transited by roads, he added.

The official said that 93 countries transited goods via Iran during the mentioned period.

The transited consignments mostly consisted of fuel, construction materials, cotton, home appliances, vehicles, foodstuff and fertilizers, he noted.

In April, Afandizadeh said that over 11.6 million tons of goods were transited through Iran last year.

Afandizadeh added that 106 countries transited their goods via Iran. Iraq, China, the UAE, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan transited the largest volumes of goods, he noted.

Meanwhile, head of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization Ataollah Sadr said that Iran earns some 14 trillion rials (about $1.15 billion) annually through transiting goods via ports.

The goods worth around $140 billion are annually transited via Iranian ports, he added.

In February, IRNA quoted Iranian Roads and Urban Development Minister Ali Nikzad as saying that the total capacity of Iranian ports increased by 80 million tons during the past eight years, reaching 184 million tons.