Ahmad Zakeri, IRICA’s deputy head for development of management and resources, added that this comes while during the same period, the country’s overseas sales of nonoil products, including gas condensates, showed a six percent decline year-on-year, ISNA reported.
He listed major export items in this time span as minerals, plastics and petrochemicals.
Zakeri said among IRICA’s top priorities are to facilitate trade and use all legal capacities to help develop the domestic industry and trade sectors.
He noted that Iran’s major export destinations in this duration were the Persian Gulf littoral states, European countries and China.
The IRICA deputy head stressed that at present, Iran’s imports mainly comprise staples, adding that in the year to March 2019, the country’s foreign trade balance was positive.
“Efforts are underway to continue this positive trend in the year to March 2020.”