0549 GMT May 27, 2019
The IMIDRO report added in this period, steel production chain accounted for the greatest share of the country’s overseas sales of minerals by exporting $4.1 billion worth of its products.
The report put the weight of mineral exports in this time span at 57.7 million tons, indicating a five percent decrease year-on-year.
In the same period, Iran’s steel industry exports witnessed a 17-percent growth in terms of value. The weight of the industry’s overseas sales reached 8.9 million tons in this duration to show a three percent increase.
The value of domestic copper and downstream industries’ exports in this time span grew 13 percent to stand at $917 million, ranking second in the overseas sales of the country’s mining sector.
In addition, during March 2018-March 2019, Iran’s cement, iron ore concentrate, stone, zinc and lead exports amounted to $420.25 million, $380.95 million, $342.13 million, $255.81 million and $128.1 million respectively.
During the 12-month period to March 2019, Iran exported coal and coke ($72.61 million), chromite ($55.46 million), molybdenum ($32.94 million), brick, tile and ceramic ($11.44 million), alumina powder ($160,000), titanium ($390,000), antimony ($1.78 million), precious metals and stones ($160,000), mica ($40,000), nickel ($30,000) and other minerals ($1.35 billion).
In this period, Iran imported 3.64 million tons of minerals and mining industry products valued at $3.57 billion, showing a 41 percent and a 34 percent decline in terms of weight and value compared to the figures for the same time span a year ago.
Main imported minerals in this period were steel chain products ($1.28 billion), copper and downstream products ($17.42 million), aluminum ($217.63 million) and coal and coke ($202.23 million).