Iran exported goods worth more than $30 billion in the first half of the current calendar year (March 20-September 21), said an official of the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade (MIMT).
In an address to a ceremony in the northeastern Iranian province of North Khorasan on Tuesday, Iraj Hassanpour, the MIMT’s director general for provincial affairs, added gasoline and methanol constituted the major part of the overseas sales in this period, IRNA reported.
He listed the destinations of over 74 percent of the country’s exports in the said time span as China, the UAE, Iraq, Turkey and Afghanistan.
Describing as favorable the current situation of Iran’s exports, Hassanpour put at $36 billion the country’s exports during March 20-October 13.
Commenting on US economic pressures on the Islamic Republic, he said the enemy is straining every nerve to suffocate the Iranian economy through its unilateral sanctions.
In May 2018, President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed between Iran and the P5+1 in July 2015, and reimposed Washington’s unilateral sanctions on Tehran in a bid to cripple the country’s economy. Mainly targeting Iran’s oil and banking sectors, the sanctions failed to produce the desired result.
Commenting on the surge in Iran’s production of health and hygiene products, Hassanpour said, “At the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in the country [in late February], we were faced with a shortage of such products. However, at present, Iran’s daily face mask production has reached 14 million from 200,000.”
He praised the MIMT’s performance since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Iran, saying it has managed to meet people’s need for essential and basic goods.
Lauding the border capacities of North Khorasan, the official noted that the province has yet failed to fully unlock its potential as a border province.
He urged the province to play a more significant role in terms of conducting border trade transactions.