The Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) released details of foreign trade statistics for the first four months of this Iranian calendar year.
(SHADA: TEHRAN) -- According to IRICA, during the first four months the trade balance surplus reached $271 million and non-oil exports increased by 14.69%.
Iran's non-oil exports stands at $15.45 billion which increased by 14.69% compared to the same period last year. $13.47 billion worth of goods were exported at the same time last year.
According to the report, in the first four months of the current Iranian calendar year, exports of non-oil goods to China have increased by 7.73%. Iran's non-oil exports to the United Arab Emirates and Iraq increased by 31.95% and 23.19%, respectively, and there was a drop of 40.48% of exports to South Korea. During this time, non-oil exports to Afghanistan and other countries increased by 30.69% and 21.30%, respectively.
Accordingly, in the first four months of the current year, customs formalities for 48 million and 953 thousand tons of goods were completely carried out electronically, of which 11.55 million tons are for imports and 37.40 million tons for non-oil exports.
The report added that in the first four months of the current year, $15.17 billion worth of goods were imported, showing a 4.5% reduction compared to the same period last year.
The main export commodities consisted of gas condensates worth $1.86 billion, liquid propane worth $691 million, light oils and products except gasoline worth $555 million, polyethylene worth $411 million and methanol worth $407 million.
The main import goods included disassembled parts for the production of cars worth $726 million, livestock corn worth $711 million, rice worth $675 million, soybeans worth $492 million, and mobile phone worth $228 million.
The main buyers of Iranian goods were China with $3.46 billion, the United Arab Emirates with $2.80 billion, Iraq with $2.52 billion, Afghanistan with $1.10 billion, Korea with $821 million and other countries with $5.14 billion.
Major exporters to Iran during the aforementioned period included China with $3.89 billion, the United Arab Emirates with $2.16 billion, Korea with $987 million, India with $912 million and Germany with $753 million.