Iran boosts value of non-oil exports via Kermanshah Province
BAKU, Azerbaijan, September 21
By Elnur Baghishov – Trend:
The value of non-oil exports through customs of Kermanshah Province (western Iran) increased 7 percent during the first 6 months of the current Iranian year (March 20- September 20, 2020) compared to the same period last Iranian year, Chairman of the Industry, Mine and Trade Organization of Kermanshah Province, Mohsen Darabi, said, Trend reports citing the organization.
Darabi emphasized that $1.1 billion worth of goods were exported during the reporting period.
Darabi added that the volume of the province's exports in the six months increased by 14 percent compared to the same period last Iranian year.
The chairman noted that the spread of the coronavirus in Iran and US sanctions against Iran have not prevented the export of goods through the province.
As many as 2.23 million tons of goods worth $902 million were exported through Kermanshah Province during the first five months of the current Iranian year (March 20-August 21, 2020).
The US imposed new sanctions on Iran in November 2018. Over the past period, the sanctions affected Iranian oil exports, more than 700 banks, companies, and individuals.
Iran continues to monitor the coronavirus situation in the country. According to recent reports from the Iranian officials, over 425,400 people have been infected, and 24,478 people have already died. Meanwhile, over 361,500 have reportedly recovered from the disease.
The country continues to apply strict measures to contain 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.
The outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan - which is an international transport hub - began at a fish market in late December 2019.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019.