Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Shariatmadari: Iran's non-oil exports stands at dlrs 1.490 billion in Q1 this year Up 20%

Iran's non-oil exports stands at dlrs 1.490 billion in Q1 this year

"Iran's non-oil exports stands at dlrs 1.490 billion in Q1 this year
Tehran, July 5, IRNA -- Iran's non-oil exports, including carry-on luggage exports and border market trade stood at dlrs 1.490 billion in the first quarter of the current Iranian year (started March 20), Iran's Customs Administration reported here Monday.
The export figure registered a 9.1 percent increase in terms of weight to 3.636 million tons.

The value of exports excluding carry-on-luggage exports and border trade stood at dlrs 1.394 billion which is 20.4 percent higher compared to the figure for the same period last year.

The average per ton price was dlrs 383.4 which is 9.6 percent higher compared to the rate for the same period last year.

The primary reason for the increase in exports value is higher agricultural produce, minerals, carpets and handicrafts.

The highest growth rate in price belonged to that of minerals with least price rise occurring in industry and petrochemicals sector, the Customs Administration reported.

Iran has been striving to boost non-oil exports as an alternative to exhaustible oil revenues.

First Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref chaired the fist session of the High Council of Non-Oil-Exports here earlier in June.

In the meeting, Aref stressed on ways of increasing non-oil exports with the aim of reducing country's dependence on oil revenues.

Council member and Commerce Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari in a report described the performance of exports of goods and services last year and its quantitative growth compared to the year before.

He said over 96 percent of targets envisioned for non-oil revenues has been achieved. "The volume of non-oil exports last year was 2.9 percent higher compared to the previous year," the commerce minister said.

The council also approved the target of dlrs 10.65 billion of non-oil export of goods and services for the current year."

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