0630 GMT April 08, 2020
Weight-wise, Iran's exports in this period witnessed a more than 3,235-percent increase compared to the figure for the same duration of the previous year, IRNA reported.
Global trade of precious and semi-precious stones stands at over $1 trillion annually. This comes as Iran's share of the figure amounts to 0.05 percent.
In addition, Iran's imports of the same items reached $90,000 in the same time-span — up 301 percent year-on-year.
IRICA figures show that in the same duration, Iran purchased 70 tons of precious metals and stones, indicating an 878-percent rise compared to the figure for the same period a year ago.
During March-December, 2018, Iran's total exports of minerals exceeded $7.28 billion, showing a one-percent rise year-on-year. In this period, the country sold more than 44.72 million tons of minerals in foreign markets — up 10-percent year-on-year.
Overseas sales of minerals in this period, accounted for 22 percent and 51 percent of the country's total nonoil exports value- and weight-wise, respectively.