0255 GMT July 21, 2018
Exports to Iraq from Sumar border market in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah witnessed a fourfold growth in value during the six months to September 23, 2017, said a local official on Sunday.
Governor of Gilan-e Gharb Country in Kermanshah Province Farhad Hemmati put exports to Iraq during the same period at $310 million, iribnews.ir reported.
He added that in terms of weight, exports to Iraq in this timespan increased 2.5 times.
Hemmati put the number of export items at 60, listing them as carpet, decorative accessories, dynamo, engines for water irrigation systems, meat and dairy products, non-alcoholic beverages, white Portland cement and plaster.
He said banking operations worth close to $4,300 are conducted in the border market's sole active banking branch.
Hemmati added currently, up to 250 trucks carry goods from Iran to Iraq daily through the border.
Located 155 kilometers and 230 kilometers from Baghdad and Karbala in Iraq, respectively, the border market was opened in April 2015 in a ceremony attended by Iranian and Iraqi officials.
Sumar has a population of about 20,000.