Ahvaz, Khuzestan prov, Feb 6, IRNA - Iraq is the second target and destination for Iranian non-oil commodity exports, Deputy Minister of Commerce and Head of Iran's Trade Promotion Organization Mehdi Ghazanfari said here Wednesday.
Ghazanfari said at the Third Meeting of Iraq's Neighboring Provinces on Wednesday that in the first 10 months of the current Iranian year (started March21, 2007), dlrs 1.262 billion worth non-oil commodities were exported to Iraq via Iranian land and sea borders, showing slight decrease compared to the figure for the same period the previous year.
He said closure of borders, ban on certain export commodities like cement and foodstuff, lack of coordination in services offered to exporters and presence of some rivals in the Iraq market had been the reasons for the fall in the exports.
He added that in the ten-month period, the UAE stood the first on the list for absorbing dlrs 1.8 billion worth of Iranian non-oil commodities.
The official said that promotion of relations with Iraq is a priority for Iran.
Regarding cultural and political commonalties of Iranian and Iraqi nations, increase in volume of mutual transactions is possible, he added.
The official said Iranian traders and businesspersons are ready to contribute to increase in export of goods as well as industrial services and technology to Iraq.
"Iran is a constant and reliable partner for Iraq," he reiterated.
The official said activation of border customs, organization of exhibitions, appointing economic attache in Baghdad, banking cooperation, and avoiding closure of borders would help prepare good conditions for economic development of both countries.
He urged Iraqi traders to refer to the www.tpo.ir website to obtain necessary information about their intended trade goods.
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