Iran to hold exclusive trade fair in Turkmenistan
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.31
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran will hold an exclusive trade fair in Turkmenistan, said Yahya Nikdel, director of North Khorasan province's department of industry, mining, and trade.
North Khorasan province of Iran has joint border with Turkmenistan.
Yahya Nikdel said that the trade fair will be held in mid-January 2015 in the city of Ashgabat, Iran's IRNA news agency reported on October 31.
Traders and businessmen from across the country will participate in the exhibition, he added.
In August, Trade Promotion Organization of Iran official Abdolhamid Asadian said Iran has increased exports to Turkmenistan tenfold over the past decade.
Iran exported $94 million goods to Turkmenistan in 2004, while the figure surged to $858 million last year, Nikdel said. He referred to construction materials and paining colors, as well as technical and engineering services as the main export items to Turkmenistan.
Trade between Iran and Turkmenistan amounted to $994.5 million in the previous Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, 2014, according to the Iran Customs Administration.
Iran exported $859.4 million worth of non-oil goods to Turkmenistan and imported $135.08 million worth of non-oil goods from Turkmenistan.
A recent report by the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran on Iran-Turkmenistan trade relations shows that the two countries held six cooperation meetings between 2001 and 2012.
The most important documents exchanged between the two countries were trade agreements on encouraging and supporting investment, agreements on avoidance of double taxation, and memorandum of understanding on business cooperation.
Iran is reportedly Turkmenistan's second largest trade partner after Russia.
The Islamic Republic exports machinery, construction materials, sedans, buses, food stuff, agricultural and petrochemical products, electrical products and home appliances to Turkmenistan, and imports natural gas, electricity, textiles and agricultural products from its northern neighbor.