TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Head of Iran’s Customs Administration (IRICA) Mehdi Mirashrafi has announced that the country’s trade with its top trading partners reached over $30 billion in the first six months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21- September 21, 2020)
Iran’s trade turnover with China, Iraq, the UAE, Afghanistan, and Turkey stood at $30.34 billion in the last year’s six-month period, Mirashrafi said.
The total volume of Iran’s exports to the five countries in the same period also stands at $10.4 billion, Mirashrafi said.
China accounted for over 27.3 percent of Iran’s total exports, followed by Iraq, UAE, Afghanistan, and Turkey with 21.9 percent, 14.2 percent, 8.1 percent, and 5.3 percent respectively, the official said.
He added that over 16 million tons of basic goods worth $16.7 billion had been cleared through Iran’s customs in the past five months.
The top five sources of imports during this period were China with $4.295 billion, the UAE with $3.961 billion, Turkey with $1.814 billion, India with $1.097 billion, and Germany with $835 million worth of imports.
China accounted for over 25.6 percent of Iran’s total imports, followed by UAE, Turkey, India, and Germany with 23 percent, 10.8 percent, 6.5 percent, and five percent, respectively.
Iran’s Economy Outdoing
Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday said the country’s economy has outperformed Germany after the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, predicting a positive economic growth by March 2021.
Rouhani hailed his administration’s performance in economy and production and the efforts to supply basic commodities amid the pandemic.
"While the economy of an advanced country like Germany has faced problems because of the coronavirus outbreak, our economy has better conditions thanks to the efforts by production companies and economic sectors,” he added.
The president also hoped that Iran would have economic growth rates above zero by the end of the current Iranian year (March 2021) with or without oil sales.
Rouhani noted that Iran’s digital economy growth over the past six months has increased by several times compared to a year before, saying that sector has played a significant role amid the coronavirus health restrictions.
Last month, the Governor of the Central Bank of Iran said the country’s economy has begun to recover after the shock of outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
"The country’s economic growth is promising in comparison with the countries that have not faced any sanctions and their economies have been struggling with the coronavirus alone,” Abdonnaser Hemmati said.
$1.1bn Goods Exported to
Afghanistan Via Dogharoon
About $1.16 billion worth of goods were exported to Afghanistan through Dogharoon Special Economic Zone over the past six months (starting on March 20.
The value of the exported goods has risen up 33% compared to the same period last year, the head of Dogharoon Special Economic Zone told IRNA.
Mohammad Rostami said that the weight of the exported goods has been 719.439 million tons.
Rostami said that 34,981 trucks have taken Afghanistan exports to Iran, which have been worth $2.575 million and weighed 2,992 million tons.
He added that 50% of the Iranian exports to Afghanistan through Dogharoon go to Herat, which is the second biggest market in the country.
The 30-million-person market of Afghanistan welcomes Iranian goods, he said, adding that construction materials, fresh and dried fruits, and food are among the most goods exported Afghanistan and construction stones, oil seeds, and used batteries are among the most goods exported to Iran by Afghanistan.
Dogharoon border customs office is 100 years old. Rough Most of the goods that go through Dogharoon to Afghanistan are the ones that have originated from Pakistan, Persian Gulf states countries, and sometimes India, and other border customs offices of Iran, including Bandar Abbas and Bandar Lengeh.