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Non-oil exports top dlrs 7.3 billion since March

Tehran, Feb 16, IRNA -- Minister of Commerce Mohammad Shariatmadari said here Monday that over dlrs 7.3 billion of non-oil goods and services have been exported in the first 10 months of the current Iranian year (started March 21).

Speaking at a session of Supreme Council of Exports in which President Mohammad Khatami also attended, Shariatmadari added that of the sum dlrs 5.2 billion (71 percent) were exports of goods and the remaining or dlrs 2.1 billion were services.

"The figure was 8.5 percent above the targets for non-oil exports which has been unprecedented."

Industrial products comprised 59 percent of the total non-oil exports, Shariatmadari said adding "in addition, 25.2 percent of the figure included agricultural goods, 12.1 percent rugs and handicrafts and 3.7 percent belonged to assortment of minerals."

The agricultural and industrial sectors registered the highest growth rates among the non-oil exports with 43.6 percent and 35.5 percent, respectively, he added.

Non-oil exports showed close to 24.8 percent growth in the period, "the first among the sectors in the economy." The Supreme Council of Exports also set dlrs 8.35 billion of non-oil exports in the year 1383 (starts March 20) as a feasible target.

Of the sum, dlrs two billion is allocated to petrochemicals and other sectors are assigned targets according to their respective capacity to industrial, mines, and agricultural sectors.

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