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09/24/12

Iran exporting carpets to 80 countries: Minister

Source: Tehran Times; photos by Yunes Khani, Mehr News Agency

Iran is currently exporting carpets to 80 countries of the world despite all the sanctions targeting Iran's economic sector, the industry, mine and trade minister stated.


 

Mehdi Ghazanfari added that USA, Germany, Italy, UAE, Japan and Switzerland are the main targets for Iranian carpets.

Iran exported some $150 million worth of carpets during the first five months of the current year, which began on March 20, showing 12 percent fall compared to the same period in last year, the head of the National Carpet Center said.

The Fars news agency quoted Mohammad-Baqer Aqa-Alikhani as saying that the exports of carpets falls in the first half of each year, but grows in the second half.

Iran has developed plans to export as much as $1 billion worth of carpets in the current calendar year, he added.

According to the Customs Administration data, carpet exports last year rose by 0.8 percent in value, but decreased by 15.4 percent in weight, compared to the year before.

Iran exported over $560 million worth of handmade carpets in last calendar year, accounting for some 24 percent of the world's total carpet trade.


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