Over 9 mln tons of goods transited through Iran
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.2
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
More than 9 million tons of goods were transited through Iran in the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21), the IRNA News Agency reported on January 2.
The amount shows a 6.2 per cent increase compared to the same period in the previous year.
"Some 96 percent of the amount (8.636 million tons) was transited via roads and the other four percent by rail," IRNA quoted Mohammad Javad Atrchian, an official with the roads maintenance department as saying.
"Transit of goods by road saw a 10 percent increase compared to the same time in the previous year," he explained.
He went on to note that about 3.938 million tons of transited goods were oil products and 5.070 million tons were non-oil products.
"The transited consignments consisted mainly of fuel, construction materials, cotton, home appliances, vehicles, foodstuff and fertilizers," the official noted.
In order to increase the country's incomes, Iran needs to increase its share of Asia-Europe transits to 15 percent, deputy head of Iran's Transportation and Fuel Management Committee said on December 9.
"Iran hopes to annually gain $50 billion through the transit of goods and passengers," the ISNA News Agency quoted Amir Jafarpour as saying.