Iran to appoint five new commercial attaches in Europe
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 4
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran will appoint five new commercial attaches in Europe in a bid to boost its trade ties.
Miraboutaleb Badri, Deputy Director of Iran's Trade Promotion Organization said the number of commercial attaches will be increased from 11 to 30, Iran's Mehr news agency reported on May 4.
Five new commercial attaches will be dispatched to Germany, Italy, Serbia, Spain, and Switzerland, he noted.
The latest statistics of Iran's customs administration indicates that the country's non-oil trade volume has increased significantly after president Hassan Rouhani took office in last August.
Iran's non-oil exports value increased by 0.5 percent during the last Iranian calendar year (ended on March 20) and stood at $41.628 billion, according to the country's customs administration's "complete data" which was made public on April 20.
The report indicates that Iran's non-oil exports' value during the first half of the last Iranian calendar year was about $17.972 billion, some 14 percent less than the same period of the preceding year.
However, the figure stood at $23.656 billion during the second half of the year, some $5.684 billion more than the first half.
Commenting on the significant increase of exports during the second half of last Iranian calendar year, the country's official IRNA news agency called it a success for Rouhani's administration.
Iran's total imports during the last calendar year stood at $49.422 billion, which indicates a fall by some 7.5 percent compared to the preceding year.
However the customs administration report shows that Iran imported some $20 billion worth of goods during the first half of the last calendar year, which is 25 percent lower than imports' value in the same period of the preceding year.
The statistics confirm that the country's foreign trade has significantly flourished in the second half of the last Iranian calendar year, which is coincided with the Rouhani administration's first six months.