Iran imports $1.2 billion worth of rice from India

Business Materials 13 November 2013 12:28 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 13

By Rahim Zamanov - Trend:

In total, Iran imported $5.1 billion worth of rice in the first seven months of the current Iranian calendar year which started March 21, an official with the Trade Promotion Organisation of Iran said on Wednesday.

"Iran's imports from India accounted for $2.1 billion of the aforementioned amount," the IRNA News Agency quoted Morad Nemati as saying.

"Iran's rice imports from India have been doubled in that period compared to the same time of the previous year," he said.

The Commercial Attaché of the Embassy of Iran in India said on November 12 that Tehran's exports to New Delhi stood at $2.1 billion in the first six months of the current Iranian calendar year (which started on March 21).

Iran exports 10 products to India, the IRNA News Agency quoted Seyed Reza Seyed-Aghazadeh as saying.

"Urea, methanol, ammoniac, industrial oil, iron and steel, aluminium, tar and sulphur make up the country's main exported items," he said.

"Iran also imported $9.1 billion worth of staple foods such as rice, meat and sugar from India in the same period," Seyed-Aghazadeh added.