News ID: 262352
Published: 0326 GMT December 01, 2019

Kerman Province posts 48% jump in non-oil exports

Kerman Province posts 48% jump in non-oil exports

Iran’s southeastern province of Kerman exported non-oil commodities worth $458 million in the past eight months (March 21-November 22), which indicates a 48 percent jump in comparison with figures from the corresponding period in its previous year.

Head of Kerman Province’s Customs Administration Mohammadreza Qader said that pistachio, copper products, handicrafts, minerals, steel products, and dairies were the main exported goods, reported Fars News Agency.

According to the official, the province’s exporters were securing their footprint in the international markets as Kerman's products are now offered in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, the UAE, Turkey, Oman, Russia, and some European states.

Last month, Iranian Vice President and Head of the Plan and Budget Organization Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said that his country is after accomplishing an objective of increasing non-oil exports to 15 neighboring countries by twofold to counter the US bans on its oil sales.

Nobakht said that non-oil exports to 15 neighboring countries should reach $48 billion in the next Iranian year (to start March 21, 2020).

Iran has been under a series of US sanctions since last year when Washington unilaterally withdrew from an international agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program.

The sanctions have specifically targeted Iran’s oil sales as the United States seeks to force Iran to change its position on key foreign policy and security issues.


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