Transit of goods via Iran up 10.4 percent in 6 months

Business Materials 25 September 2013 19:00 (UTC +04:00)

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

Transit of goods via Iran grew 10.4 percent in the first half of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 21, the Mehr News Agency quoted Iranian Deputy Roads and Urban Development Minister Shahriyar Afandizadeh as saying.

Over 6.42 million tons of goods were transited via Iran in the 6-month period, he added.

Fuel, oil products, petrochemicals, construction materials, and food products were the main goods transited via Iran.

In September, Transport and Urban Development Minister Abbas Akhoundi said Iran is planning to transit as much as 50 million tons of goods per year.

In 2012, some 12 million tons of goods were transited through Iran, he added.

Over 820,000 tons of Iranian and foreign trucks transported goods through the country in 2012, he said.

In August, 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 highest amounts of goods, he noted.

Iran conducted over $25.4 billion in trade of non-oil goods with other countries during the first four months of the current calendar year.

The country exported $12.536 billion worth of non-oil goods (including gas condensates) and imported $12.909 billion of non-oil goods during the 4-month period.

Exports and imports fell by 18.5 percent and 27.26 percent respectively compared to the same period in the previous year.

Methanol, iron ore concentrate, and bitumen were the main goods exported, and rice, wheat, soy meal, and corn fodder were the main items imported.

Iran exported around $43.7 billion worth of non-oil goods in the previous Iranian calendar year and imported about $61.8 billion worth of non-oil goods to hit the unprecedented mark of $105 billion in annual trade.