Iran and India trade continues despite coronavirus spread - Chamber of Commerce

Business Materials 7 April 2020 09:18 (UTC +04:00)
Iran and India trade continues despite coronavirus spread - Chamber of Commerce

TEHRAN, Iran, April 7


Iran and India trade has not stopped during the coronavirus pandemic, an official of Iran and India Chamber of Commerce Parham Rezaei told Trend.

"We can't say there wasn't a decrease in the trade, since the entire world got affected by this pandemic, but the trade between Iran and India continued," he said.

"The volume of our import from India has been more than export but it does not include our oil export," he said.

"In terms of non-oil export and import the trade balance regarding imports was heavier. The medical and pharmaceutical items were major part of imports from India. It should also be noted that India has provided a considerable amount of help to Iran during these times," he added.

The outbreak of the coronavirus began in the Chinese city of Wuhan (an international transport hub), at a fish market in late December 2019. The number of people killed by the disease has surpassed 74,000. Over 1.3 million people have been confirmed as infected. Meanwhile, over 284,000 people have reportedly recovered.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11. Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019.

Iran is one of the countries heavily affected by the rapidly-spreading coronavirus. The country continues to apply strict measures to contain the further spread.

Reportedly, the disease was brought to Iran by a businessman from Iran's Qom city, who went on a business trip to China, despite official warnings. The man died later from the disease.

The Islamic Republic only announced its first infections and deaths from the coronavirus on Feb. 19.