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Iran's non-oil exports up 47.2% in 2006

TEHRAN, April 14 (Mehr News Agency) -- Non-oil exports from Iran in the past Iranian year (ended March 20, 2007) increased by 47.2 percent, hitting over $16.3 billion, Iran's Customs Administration said on Saturday.

In addition, the weight of the exported non-oil goods during the period grew by 48.2 percent in comparison with the year before, exceeding 33.1 tons.

Non-oil goods valued at around $443.4 were exported via the country's border markets, however, carry-on-luggage trades accounted for about $48.7 worth of the merchandises, said the administration, adding that petrochemicals constituted 42.2 percent of the weight and 38.6 percent of value of the total non-oil goods.

Other major exported non-oil items were industrial goods accounting for 21.2 percent of the weight and 32.2 percent of the value, agricultural products (4.5 percent of the weight and 13.1 percent of the value), minerals (25.3 percent of the weight and 5.4 percent of the value), and carpets and handicraft (0.1 percent of the weight and 3.3 percent of the value).

Iran imported more than $42.19 tons of goods and products worth over $41.39 billion, indicating an about 23.2 percent jump in the weight and a 4.1 percent rise in the value of the imported items as compared with the year before.

The United Arab Emirates, Germany, China, Switzerland, France, South Korea, Italy, UK, India, and the Netherlands were the 10 major exporters of goods and products to Iran in the past year.

... Payvand News - 4/14/07 ... --

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