Baku, Azerbaijan, April 29
Iran imported 1.387 million tons of staple food products through its ports during the last Iranian calendar month (ended April 20).
The figure indicates a fall by 18 percent compared to the preceding month, according to the data released by Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization.
The food products mentioned in the report include wheat, barley, butter, soy, rice, sugar, cooking oil, and meat products.
The country loaded and unloaded 1.453 million tons of food products at its ports in the one-month period, indicating a 13.2 percent increase year-on-year.
The figure was 1.794 million tons in the preceding Iranian calendar month (ended March 20).
In the meantime, the country exported 66,510 tons of staple food products through the organization’s ports in the period, compared to 84,307 tons in the preceding month.
According to the report, 17 ports - Abadan, Astara, Arvandkenar, Imam Khomeini, Amirabad, Anzali, Bushehr, Tiab, Jask, Chabahar, Chavibdeh, Khorramshahr, Shahid Bahonar, Fereydounkenar, Qeshm, Lengeh and Noshahr - were involved in loading/unloading of staple food products during the period.
The report also unveiled that over 593,652 tons of fertilizers and chemicals were loaded/unloaded at Iranian ports, which was 32.8 percent more compared to the same month of preceding year. The volume of the unloaded fertilizers and chemicals was 39,835 tons in the one-month period from March 20 to April 20, 2018.
The Ports and Maritime Organization also said that 122,917 tons of cloths, fibers, paper and wood were loaded/unloaded at Iranian ports in the one-month period, which was 64.1 percent more year-on-year. The volume of the unloaded cloths, fibers, paper and wood was 122,015 tons in the same span of time.
Iranian ports saw loading and unloading of a total of 12.566 million tons of various goods and commodities, including food and metal products between March 20 to April 20, 15.2 percent more year-on-year.
In total, over 153 million tons of various goods have been loaded/unloaded at Iranian ports during the last fiscal year.
The volume is 5.5 percent more than the loaded/unloaded products in the preceding year.