Iran sees growth in imports of medical equipment, medicines
TEHRAN, Iran, March.16
From the beginning of the current Iranian year (started on March 21, 2019), 25,516 tons of medical and pharmaceutical equipment worth over $2.243 billion have been imported, which means more than 15-percent increase in weight and 5 percent growth in value, Iran's Customs Administration Spokesman said.
“By March 8, over 1.5 million tons of rice worth $1.6 billion was imported to the country,” Ruhollah Latifi said, Trend reports citing ILNA.
“Imports of rice has increased by 3 percent both in weight and value over the year,” the spokesman said.
Latifi added that 141,677 tons cold red meat worth of $572 million were imported by March 8, 2020, which is 26.5-percent growth in weight and 20-percent increase in value compared to the same period last year,” he added.
“During the mentioned period, 1.5 million tons of oils, the value of which was more than $1.1 billion, were imported,” he said. “The imports of oil had 28-percent growth in weight and 21-percent increase in value. Oil imports accounted for 8 percent of import of essential commodities.”
"Imports of wheat amounted to 343,493 tons worth $89 million," Latifi said.