Over $307M of non-oil products exported via Iran's Astara Customs
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 24
By Elnur Baghishov - Trend:
During the first 11 months of the current Iranian year (started March 21, 2018), Iran exportednon-oil products in the amount of $307 million through the customs of Astara county of the country's Gilan province, Director General of Astara Customs Administration Rasul Umidi said, Trend reports via IRNA.
Main export goods were agricultural, chemical, mining, metal products, foodstuff, rubber, cement, gypsum, detergents, cloth, handicraft, carpets, clothing, bags and shoes, Umidi said.
He added that the goods were exported to Azerbaijan, Georgia and Russia.
Compared to the same period of the previous Iranian year (March 21, 2017 - March 20, 2018), exports of non-oil products have increased by 95 percent in terms of weight, and 70 percent in terms of value, he said.
During the reported period, foreign vehicles brought $178 million worth 136,000 tons of goods to the customs of Astara, Umidi said.
Mainly wood materials, oil products, cotton, artificial fibers, iron bars, copper, iron layers were transshipped from Azerbaijan, Russia, Georgia and Ukraine to Turkey, Iraq and the UAE, he added.
In total the foreign vehicles left the customs during the reported period carried 213,000 tons of cargo, he noted.
He further added that electrical appliances, cars, furniture, equipment, healthcare, construction materials, glass containers, clothing, chemicals, agricultural products in the amount of $1 billion were transshipped to Azerbaijan, Russia, Georgia and Ukraine via customs of Astara.
During the reported period, 7,500 tons of goods in the amount of $31 million were exported (mainly to Azerbaijan) by suitcase traders, he said adding that the main goods were foodstuff, rubber and agricultural products.
During the 11 months of the current Iranian year, 1.228 million people crossed Astara Border Checkpoint, Umidi said.
He added that compared to the same period of the previous year, the number of those who left Iran via Astara checkpoint increased by 85 percent, while the number of those who entered Iran through Astara increased by 84 percent.
Total revenues of Astara Customs Administration in the 11 months of the current Iranian year increased by 56 percent compared to the same period of the previous year, and reached 785.2 billion rials (roughly $18.7 million), Umidi said.
Astara county of Iran's Gilan province has a population of 91,000 people. The county borders with the Republic of Azerbaijan to the north.