Iran’s imports down 12.5%

Business Materials 10 January 2016 13:22 (UTC +04:00)

Tehran, Iran, January 10

By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:

The amount of goods imported to Iran in March 21- Dec.21, 2015, decreased by 12.5 percent, Faramarz Maddah, an official with Iran's Road and Transport Organization said.

He noted that during the period 28.286 million tons of oil and non-oil goods was imported via land and water terminals, IRNA news agency reported.

Of that, 1.139 million tons was imported via land roads, he stated.

According to the official, in the meantime Iran exported 43.330 million tons of goods, 5.06 million tons of which was carried via land roads.

Land roads accommodate 9 percent while water ways 91 percent of Iran's imports and exports.

During the said period, Bazargan checkpoint was the most active border threshold as it let through 61 percent of the total imports. Astara and Mirjaveh followed by 17 and 9 percent respectively.

Iranian trucks' share in exporting goods was 63 percent while for imports it was 39 percent.

Most exported goods went to Afghanistan and Turkey, while Iran imported mostly from Turkey and Azerbaijan.

In the meantime, 216,000 people entered the country using 27,000 vehicles, of which buses comprised 39 percent and cars 53 percent.

Of the incoming passengers 110,000 were foreigners while 106,000 were Iranians.

During the period also 123,000 foreigners and 147,000 Iranians left the country.