Iranian goods account for one third of Afghanistan's total imports
Tehran, Iran, May 25
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Afghanistan imported $2.5 billion worth of goods from Iran in 2013.
Mohammad Mehdi Javanmard-Qassab said on May 25 that the figure accounts for around one third of the country's total $7.9 imports in 2013, Iran's IRNA News Agency reported.
Iran's Commercial attaché in Kabul went on to note that food stuff, machine-made carpets, cement, iron products, and pipes were the main exported items to Afghanistan.
"Iran has not been active in technical and engineering services exports to Afghanistan due to the sanctions," he said.
"Still Iranians firms are carrying out two major constrcution projects in Afghanistan," Javanmard-Qassab added.
Farhad Mojallali, an official with the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran, said on April 29 that Iran's exports to Afghanistan are expected to surpass $4 billion by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (to end March 20, 2015).
"Afghanistan is a good market for Iran to exports technical and engineering services," he said, IRNA reported.
"Foodstuff, construction materials, detergents, medicines, plastic, and fuel production are Iran's major exported items to Afghanistan," he explained.
"Iran mainly exports goods to Afghanistan mainly from Khaorasan Razadi, Southern Khorasan, and Sistan and Baluchistan provinces," he said.
"Tehran exported some $2.416 billion worth of goods to Kabul in the previous year (ended on March 20)," he said, adding that the country imported $32 million worth of goods from Afghanistan in the mentioned period.