0843 GMT January 29, 2020
Mohammad Atabak put the country's total overseas sales of cement and clinker during this period at 5.81 million tons, adding the figure amounted to 4.95 million tons in the same five-month period a year ago, IRNA reported.
He said that the exports of cement in the same timespan exceeded 2.93 million tons, indicating a nine-percent rise year-on-year.
Atabak added clinker exports reached 2.88 million tons in this duration — up 26.9 percent compared to last year's figure which was 2.27 million tons.
He said more than 20 countries from Asia, Europe and Africa were the destinations of Iran's cement exports during the five-month duration to August 22, 2018, adding Afghanistan and Iraq ranked first and second in terms of importing the Iranian product, accounting for 30 percent and 26 percent, respectively, of purchases from the Middle Eastern state.
In the same period, Russia imported more than 44,300 tons of cement from Iran, Atabak noted, listing Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan as other importers of the Iranian construction material.
He added in the same duration, Bangladesh and Kuwait purchased 22 percent and 21 percent, respectively, of Iran's total 2.8-million cement exports, to rank among the top customers of the Iranian product.
Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration figures show that in the same five-month time-span, 7.53 million tons of cement industry products were exported from Iran — up eight percent year-on-year.
According to IRICA, the value of Iran's exports of cement industry products in this period stood at $270.4 million, showing a seven-percent increase compared to the figure for the corresponding period a year ago.
In addition, Iran imported more than 20,400 tons of cement industry products worth $14.9 million in this time span, indicating increases of 23 percent and 26 percent in terms of weight and value respectively year-on-year.