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8 increase in exports within two months

Irans Head of Customs Administration announced an 8 percent increase in exports and an 8 percent drop in imports within the first two months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21- May 21), saying the trade balance is positive at $1.6 billion.

(SHADA: TEHRAN) -- Mehdi Mir Ashrafi pointed to the state of the import of basic goods to the country in recent months, and said: By June 15, 942 thousand tons of goods entered the country, which is 22% more than the same period last year.

Mir Ashrafi commented on the performance of foreign trade in the first two months of the current year, stated: The total foreign trade volume was $15.17 billion, with an import of $6.76 billion and export of $8.41 billion. Despite sanctions, the trade surplus is $1.649 billion.

He further added that imports decreased by 8% and exports increased by 8%. The volume of imported goods was 5 million and 654 thousand tons, and this figure for exported goods was 30 million and 272 thousand tons.

According to him, the main exported goods were liquefied natural gas with the value of $2.52 billion, gas condensate with $412 million, other light oils and products other than gasoline with $310 million, liquefied propane with $292 million and methanol with $236 million.

The main imported goods were also rice with the value of $472 million, corn for feeding animals with $369 million, meal with $243 million, and butter with $223 million.