Iran major minerals output up 14% yr/yr

Iran Materials 16 June 2009 11:19 (UTC +04:00)

TEHRAN (MEHR - Trend )

The aggregate output of Iran's six major minerals in the last Iranian calendar year (ended March 20, 2009) amounted to 37.7 million tons, showing a 14 percent rise year on year.

Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) referred to crude steel, cathode copper, aluminum, alumina, iron ore, and coke concentrate as the major minerals, according to the Mehr News Agency.

A report issued by Iran's Customs Administration said that the country has exported $235 million worth of minerals to 68 countries last calendar year, Iran Daily reported.

According to the report, marble, cement, sulfur, plaster, salt, and barium sulfate were among the main exports. China has been the biggest importer of sulfur. Cement exports valued at $50.414 million, of which 70 percent went to Iraq.

Iraq, Azerbaijan, China, United Arab Emirates and Jordan are among the main importers of Iranian mineral products. Last month, mineral exports valued at $45.34 million, of which $26.59 million was to Iraq.