Official: China aims to trade with Central Asia via Iranian ports

Iran Materials 21 March 2012 14:35 (UTC +04:00)

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The Chinese commercial attaché to Tehran has said that his country plans to do trade with Central Asia via Iranian northern ports.

In a meeting with Iran's Gilan Province's ports and maritime director general, the Chinese official stated that his country aims to expand trade ties with Central Asian states via Iran's northern ports, especially Anzali, the IRNA news agency reported on Monday.

Through connecting Bandar Abbas port in south of Iran to Anzali port in the north a new trade route will be created which will be economically more justified than other routes, the official said.

"China aims to export electronic and consumer goods via this route and import agricultural and mineral goods, instead," the commercial attaché said.

Annual trade between Iran and China was estimated to be worth $45 billion in the current Iranian calendar year which ended on March 19, Press TV reported, citing Iran's ambassador to China, Mehdi Safari. The Iran-China trade was worth $30 billion in the last Iranian year, Safari added.

Trading between the two countries rose 52 per cent, despite the U.S. and UN imposing additional sanctions on June 2010 with a goal to pressurise Iran to end its nuclear programme.