Iran Earns 16% More in Tar Exports in Last 8 Months

Iran exported $561 million worth of tar in the first eight months of the current Iranian year (started on March 21. 2018) which marks a 16% growth in comparison with the corresponding period in the past year. said a Customs official.


Iran exported 2.381 million tons of tar worth $561 million during the eight months of the current fiscal (March 21- Nov. 21). a senior official the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) said on Tuesday.


According to Alireza Dashtani. customs inspector of the southern Hormozgan province. the figure indicates 16% growth in value and 7% decline in tonnage in comparison with the similar period of last year.


Last year’s tar exports during the corresponding time span stood at 2.573 million tons worth $483 million.


The official noted that Hormozgan province. due to its strategic position and proximity to the Persian Gulf and free waters. plays a significant role in the country’s tar production and exports.


According to Dashtani. the province’s tar exports during the eight-month period reached 1.23 million tons worth $418 million.


Iran producers close to 5 million tons of tar per year. of which some 3 million are exported to over 25 countries. including Persian Gulf littoral states. East Africa. as well as East Asian countries such as China and India.


Early in this month. it was announced that official figures show Iran had a trade surplus of $2 billion in the first eight months of the current Iranian year (March 21. 2018-November 22. 2018) despite the re-imposition of sanctions by the US against Tehran.


`Iran’s non-oil exports in the said eight-month period stood at $31.4 billion which was higher than the corresponding period last year by around 13 percent.` figures released by the Customs Department showed.


The Customs Department also announced in a statement that Iran`s imports also lowered by 12.5 percent to reach $29.5 billion.


Iran’s leading export item was condensate which fetched the country $2.7 billion. This accounted for around 9 percent of the country’s overall non-oil exports. the statement added.


Other key export items included liquefied propane ($1.3 billion). light oil products excluding gasoline ($1.1 billion) and methanol ($1 billion).


Figures showed that the majority of Iran’s non-oil exports were petrochemical products (33 percent).


The top export destination for Iran’s non-oil products was Iraq which imported $6.7 billion worth of products from the Islamic Republic over the period.


The Customs Department said in its statement that exports to Iraq saw a whopping rise of 66.5 percent compared to the same period last year.


Next key destinations for exports of Iranian products were China ($6.4 billion). the UAE ($5.9 billion) and Afghanistan ($2.2 billion).


Also. leading exports to Iran were China ($7.3 billion). the UAE ($4.4 billion). South Korea ($1.7 billion) and India ($1.6 billion).


The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) announced last Monday that Tehran`s total foreign debts reduced by 9 percent in the first six months of the current Iranian year (March 21 – September 21). showing a significant slump as compared to the same period last year.


The volume of Iran’s foreign debt by the end of Iranian month of Shahrivar (Sept. 21) hit $10.317 million. $6.853 and $3.464 million of which is related to the mid-. long-and short-term periods. respectively.


CBI also put the total volume of Iran’s foreign debt by the end of Iranian month of Mordad (August 21) at $10.405 million. the rate of which faced a significant decline in the next month.


Statistics show that Iran’s total foreign debts by the end of the first Iranian month of Farvardin (April 21) hit $11.305 million. showing a significant decline in the first six months of the current year.


Accordingly. the proportion of Iran’s foreign debts to gross domestic product (GDP) stands at about 2.5 percent which is considered as a partial figure.


Comparing the index of ratio of Iran’s foreign debt to GDP with other countries indicates that Islamic Republic of Iran is among the countries that has the minimum foreign debt rate in the world.


Foreign debt includes debts of a country to foreign lenders which can contain the loans received from foreign private banks. other governments and international financial institutions such as World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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